In fact, his club at the time – Young Lions – had to attain special dispensation for him to compete.
Shortly after making his debut for his club, he won Singapore’s ‘Who’s The Next’ contest and secured a training stint at FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. Even though he wasn’t offered a contract at the Catalan club, he impressed enough during his stint there and was voted the best of the 14 Asian players invited to the training session.
Later in 2007, Harun got his first call-up to the international side and has been a fixture ever since.
He remained a Young Lions player for three more years, but throughout that time the versatile midfielder struggled with injuries and after being named the S.League Young Player of the Year award for 2010, he made the move to Malaysia’s LionsXII the following year.
Harun settled immediately in his new home and despite missing the start of the 2013 season following a broken right fibula sustained while on international duty, he played a pivotal role for the club as LionsXII won the Malaysian League convincingly.
A move to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Rio Ave was seemingly on the cards, but after the move to Europe fell through, fellow Malaysians Johor Darul Ta’zim acquired his serves shortly after.
For the national team, he continued to impress as well and formed a key member of the Singapore national U-23 team which won the bronze medal at the 2007, 2009 and 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
To date, he has 49 caps for the Singapore national side, scoring three goals in the process.
S.League Young Player of the Year: 2010
Malaysia Super League: 2013, 2014, 2015
Malaysian Charity Shield: 2015, 2016
AFC Cup: 2015
ASEAN Football Championship: 2012
Southeast Asian Games: Bronze (3)