By Gabriel Tan
The luckless 28-year-old, who has suffered three anterior cruciate ligament injuries in his career, joined the Bulls at the start of the season from boyhood club Geylang United but was initially hampered by a metatarsal injury on his left foot.
However, after missing the first couple of league games, Hafiz returned to action and has since been an integral part of K. Balagumaran's starting eleven.
The pacy forward has shown signs of forming a good partnership with South Korean targetman Jung Hee-bong up front, and admits he is hoping to put his injury woes behind him.
"I was injured for the first few games but then I came in and I've been working hard on my fitness," Hafiz told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview.
"I'm feeling much better now. Ideally, I would like to be fielded just behind the striker, and I already see a good partnership prospering with Jung."
Under Balagumaran, who took over from Darren Stewart at the start of the year, Gombak have evolved into a young, entertaining side that have often impressed but have just failed to go the distance in a number of games.
Nonetheless, the usually-reserved Hafiz, who admits he's had to step up as a leader in the dressing room, believes the future is bright for the Bulls with the number of youngsters they are currently blooding.
"We're doing pretty well," he explained. "We play good passing football.
"Sometimes we have been unlucky in games but overall, we are progressing well. It's a very young team but that's a positive thing for the club's future.
"Obviously with the number of youngsters we have, I've had to be more of a leader as I'm one of the senior players guiding them."
And while Gombak are currently 9th on the table, Hafiz is optimistic they will be able to achieve Balagumaran's target of a top-five finish.
"We would probably be content with a mid-table finish but hopefully we can do better than that."
The Bulls get the second round of their S.League campaign back underway on June 22 when they entertain Home United at the Jurong West Stadium.