Stags confirm deals for Shahdan, Amri

Great Eastern-YEO's S.League champions Tampines Rovers have confirmed they are close to signing three ex-LIONSXII stars, including Shahdan Sulaiman and Khairul Amri.

Khairul Amri, Shahdan Sulaiman, LIONSXII

By Gabriel Tan

The Stags have just come off the back of a successful season that saw them retain the S.League title, pipping DPMM FC with a 1-0 win over Harimau Muda on the last day of the season.

But despite now having been crowned the top side in Singapore for two straight years, Tampines have already initiated plans to strengthen for the 2013 campaign and look set to become one of the biggest beneficiaries from the mass release of players from Malaysia Super League runners-up LIONSXII.

Apart from Shahdan, forward Khairul Amri and left-back Shaiful Esah were both heavily linked with a move to the Clementi Stadium, and Stags team manager Zulkarnaen Zainal has confirmed the trio of Singapore internationals are extremely close to agreeing deals.

"I can reveal that we have agreed terms with Shahdan," he told "The same goes with Shaiful and Amri.

"Right now, we are waiting for clearance to be given but that should be a mere formality."

The signing of Shahdan is the one that is likely to thrill Tampines fans the most given he appears to be a like-for-like replacement for Ahmad Latiff, who reportedly has been released by the club.

Amri's arrival will also lessen the goalscoring burden on veteran striker Aleksandar Duric, and will see them have arguably the most fearsome strike force in the league next season, with the likes of Sead Hadzibulic, Jamil Ali and Ahmed Fahmie all vying for a starting berth.

The Stags also had problems at the back in 2012 and Shaiful is likely to slot straight into the left-hand side of defence next year.

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