Thai clubs hand trial to Tampines star Hafiz

Thai Premier League pair Sisaket FC and Big Bang Chula United will hand Singapore international Hafiz Sujad a chance to earn a move this week.

Utility man Hafiz proved a key player for Tampines Rovers last season, yet the Singapore outfit have allowed the 26-year-old the opportunity to secure a transfer to Thailand.

Sisaket and Big Bang will both run the rule over the Lions player, who was on the shortlist to be crowned S-League Player of the Year last season and penned a new 12-month contract as a result.

If they are sufficiently impressed, Hafiz will follow in the footsteps of goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who left Tampines to join Thai Premier League outfit Army United two seasons ago.

“As a club, we have historically supported the professional advancement of our players,” said Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra.

“So although we have just signed Hafiz for another year, this is an important break for him and we all hope he gets an offer.”

Tampines have offloaded several stars from last season’s squad as part of cost-cutting measures. Former Premier League star Jermaine Pennant, and fellow forwards Billy Mehmet and Jordan Webb have all left the club.