Balestier bolstered by incoming trio

Balestier Khalsa have reinforced their squad ahead of the second round of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League by signing three new players.

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By Gabriel Tan

The Tigers, who are currently sixth in the competition, have had the best defence all season long and only conceded ten goals in 12 games.

Under coach Darren Stewart, they have evolved into a hardworking, tactically-sound unit that enjoyed a flying start to the campaign, picking up 21 points in their opening ten games.

However, a number of serious injuries to key players Goran Subara, Ridwan Jamil and Tengku Mushadad hit the Tigers hard as they fell to consecutive defeats to Tanjong Pagar United and DPMM FC, before being eliminated in the opening round of the RHB Singapore Cup by SAFFC on penalties.

And with the second round of the S.League campaign a week away, Balestier have looked to increase the depth of the squad by bringing in a trio of players in Ridhwan Jamaludin, Fathi Yunus and Anantha Rajan, subject to them passing a medical and the competition's mandatory beep test.

"Provided they can pass the beep test, we've got Wan-J [Ridhwan] coming in," Stewart revealed exclusively to ESPNSTAR.com. "He was with me at Gombak, he's a class act.

"Fathi Yunus is big and strong, he's 36 but I've known him for a long time and I know what he can do.

"Anantha's coming back from national service, he's a good little player and it's been hard for him being out for the last couple of years."

Stewart is also expecting good things from South Korean striker Kim Min-ho, who is currently registered as the club's one Prime League foreigner, and looks set to give his coach another option up front alongside the hardworking Patrick Paranjody.

"Kim's come back well from a bad ankle injury," the Australian tactician revealed. "He scored a hat-trick in a Prime League game last week, so things are looking good in that area."

Balestier were expected to make a fourth signing in former Etoile striker Jonathan Justin, who was set to replace the Chang Jo-yoon as one of the club's four foreign players, although the transfer has since been called off for reasons that have yet to be disclosed.

The Tigers kick off the second round of the campaign next Sunday when they entertain Home United at the Toa Payoh Stadium.



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