Singapore international Khairul Amri will continue to spearhead the Tampines Rovers attack for the next three years after agreeing to a contract extension.
The 32-year-old is currently in his third spell with the Stags having rejoined them from Garena Young Lions at the start of 2017.
While he was slightly hampered by injury last season, Amri still managed to net nine goals in all competition, including three in the AFC Cup.
And while many of his compatriots have been on the move abroad in recent weeks, with several sealing transfers to Thai and Malaysian clubs, Amri has pledged his loyalty to Tampines as they look to reclaim their place at the summit of Singaporean football.
Loyalty and respect goes both ways! ? Im delighted to announce that i have extended my contract with @tampinesrovers for a further 3 years. With this i would like to say a big thank you to club chairman Mr Desmond Ong and his managing team…it was an easy choice afterall! ? #alhamdullilah To the fans that i love…we'll be kicking off our season early with our first training session tomorrow as we prepare ourself for the afc champions league qualifier clash against Bali United january 16! #mightystags
“Loyalty and respect goes both ways!” said Amri in a post on his official Instagram account.
“[I’m] delighted to announce that [I] have extended my contract with @tampinesrovers for a further 3 years.
“With this, I would like to say a big thank you to club chairman Mr Desmond Ong and his managing team… it was an easy choice after all.”
Tampines remain the only Singaporean club side that Amri has plied his trade at, with the only other sides he has represented being Young Lions and LionsXII – both teams affiliated to the Football Association of Singapore – and Indonesia’s Persiba Balikpapan.
Amri also confirmed that the Stags will be back in training on Monday, December 18, as they prepare for an early start to 2018.
Tampines’ first game of the new season will be on January 16 when they meet Indonesia’s Bali United in the first preliminary round of qualifying for the AFC Champions League.
Should they negotiate their way past that test, Thailand’s Chiangrai United and Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG will then be standing between Tampines and a place in Champions League Group F.
Should they get eliminated at any stage of the qualifying playoffs, they still enjoy continental football next year in the form of the AFC Cup, having already been drawn alongside Johor Darul Ta’zim, Persija Jakarta and Song Lam Nghe An in Group H.
Tampines will also be looking for domestic success in 2018 given it has now been four years since the traditional heavyweights last won the S.League.
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