Football: Singapore defender Anders Aplin gets chance to play in J-League

Defender Anders Aplin posing in his new Matsumoto Yamaga No. 27 jersey, which coincidentally is the Singaporean's age. He will be on loan with the Japanese club until Jan 1 and could extend the stint next season.
Defender Anders Aplin posing in his new Matsumoto Yamaga No. 27 jersey, which coincidentally is the Singaporean's age. He will be on loan with the Japanese club until Jan 1 and could extend the stint next season.PHOTO: MATSUMOTO YAMAGA

Intense training big change for new Yamaga signing but he relishes the total experience

He confessed to "eating like a cow", but Anders Aplin still lost 2.5kg since he moved to Matsumoto on Aug 6, an indication of how life is not all easy for a footballer in the J-League, arguably Asia's top league.

The 27-year-old defender became the first Singaporean to sign for a J-League side when J2 League leaders Matsumoto Yamaga announced his loan signing from Singapore Premier League club Geylang International on their website yesterday afternoon.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Aplin moo-ves up a gear in Japan'. Print Edition | Subscribe