For the first time since their inception in the S.League in 2004, Japanese invitees Albirex Niigata (S) will have Singaporean players on their roster, having signed playmaker Adam Swandi and goalkeeper Shahul Rayyan.
The White Swans have swept all four domestic trophies, including the 2016 and 2017 S.League titles in the past two seasons. They exercised the option to sign two local players under the new regulations set out by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) for the 2018 S.League season.
Singapore attacker Faris Ramli has given credit to Home United for providing the platform to raise his career to another level as he looks forward to his Malaysia Super League (MSL) adventure with PKNS FC in 2018.
The 25-year-old joined the Protectors in 2016 after three years with the LionsXII and saw his first season disrupted by injury. But he exploded into life last term with 21 goals and 21 assists in all competitions and was one of the nominees for S.League Player of the Year.
The exodus of national players from the S.League is showing no signs of stopping, with attacker Faris Ramli becoming the 10th current Singapore international to play abroad in 2018 after securing a move to Malaysia Super League (MSL) side PKNS FC.
He joins Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta'zim), Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA), Madhu Mohana (Negeri Sembilan) and Shahdan Sulaiman (Melaka United) in the same division, while Hafiz Sujad (Johor Darul Ta'zim II) and Shahfiq Ghani (UKM FC) are in the second-tier...