Football: SPL Player of the Year Faris Ramli joins Terengganu FC

Malaysia Super League side Terengganu have signed Singapore Premier League Player of the Year Faris Ramli.
Malaysia Super League side Terengganu have signed Singapore Premier League Player of the Year Faris Ramli.PHOTO: TERENGGANU FC

SINGAPORE - National team forward Faris Ramli, the reigning Singapore Premier League (SPL) Player of the Year, will ply his trade across the Causeway in 2020 after he signed for Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Terengganu.

Terengganu, who finished seventh in the 12-team MSL in 2019, announced the signing on Thursday (Nov 7) morning.

Faris, 27, was named the SPL's best player on Oct 31, after an outstanding season with Hougang United. He scored 16 goals in the Cheetahs' league title challenge before they finished third behind champions Brunei DPMM and Tampines Rovers.

He will occupy Terengganu's Asean import slot, replacing Cambodian Thierry Chantha Bin.

Terengganu head coach Nafuzi Zain told the club website that Faris was his top transfer target in the close-season, and that he hoped the wiry forward could make a big impact on the team for the upcoming season.

This will be Faris' second stint in Malaysia. He played for Kuala Lumpur-based PKNS in 2018, finishing joint-top scorer with six goals, and joined another Malaysian side Perlis for the 2019 season. But the club faced financial issues and so Faris returned to Singapore, joining Hougang instead.

He had previously told ST he was weighing an offer from Hougang, having also received interest from clubs in Malaysia and Thailand.

Terengganu have finished runners-up three times in Malaysia's top flight division. They won the Malaysia Cup once, in 2001. Their last trophy was the Malaysia FA Cup in 2011.