Malaysia’s Curran Ferns confirms move to Thailand, eyes AFF Cup berth

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Malaysia are set to have another representative in the Thai League after Curran Ferns confirmed his move to Sukhothai FC, putting an end to his time with Felda United FC.

“I am still young and want to continue my football progress. I think Thailand is a higher level and can help me in many aspects,” Ferns told Stadium Astro.

“The main reason for me wanting to go there is so that I get an opportunity to play in the AFF Suzuki Cup for Malaysia.”

The versatile Ferns will become the second naturalised Malaysian to play in the 2018 Thai League, following in the footsteps of Kiko Insa.

Insa had signed for Bangkok Glass in February, but he only made four appearances before his contract was cancelled in April.

The former Pahang FA midfielder has since signed for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).

Ferns, who is of Malaysian-Australian descent, can operate in either central midfield or be deployed as a centre-back.

The hardworking 24-year-old is one of the key personnel in B. Satiananthan’s high flying side who are close to winning the Premier League.

Although he is about to lose such a pivotal player, Satia was proud of Ferns and backed the youngster to make an impact in Thailand.

“If he goes to Thailand, it’s good for him. I do not want to stop players who want to move abroad because this will be a good experience for Ferns. I wish him the best over there,” said Satia.

“Players of mixed heritage like him can acclimatize anywhere. It’s also good because it opens the opportunity for other players to go to Thailand.”

Sukhothai are currently ninth in the 18-team Thai League.

Ferns’ first foray to Malaysia was when he signed for JDT II from Brisbane City in 2016. Since then, Ferns played for Negeri Sembilan FA before Felda snapped him up in 2017.

Felda’s dominance in the Premier League will not wither with Ferns’ absence. The Fighters currently lead the league by a whopping 11 points with eight matches remaining.

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