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Sabah land Korean midfielder

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DONE AND DUSTED … Heo flanked by Lawrence (right), and his agent Kim Jaehee showing off the state colours after penning an undisclosed one-year deal yesterday.

19th May, 2017

By FRANCIS XAVIER Francis@newsabahtimes.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Rhinos have sealed the signature of a South Korean midfielder Heo Jaenyeong in an undisclosed one-year deal yesterday.

The 25-year-old, who last played for a Korean side Gwangju FC, is the FA’s first signing during the current transfer window.

Datuk Lawrence Gimbang when contacted yesterday, said that Heo is a positive addition to the state senior side in their fight to avoid the drop in the Premier League.

“Heo impressed the head coach (Jelius Ating) with his quality during the recent selection trials and we believe he would be a great addition to the squad,” the Sabah FA Deputy President said.

“We also hope for the best from Heo to help Sabah and we wish him all the best,” he added.

Apart from plying his trade back home with Gwangju FC, Heo, who could also be deployed at the backline, also has had stints with Thai side Muang Thong United and K-League side Gwangju FC.

With Sabah Rhinos set to miss its Croatian defender Igor Cerina to long-term injury, it only makes Heo’s signing even more significant.

Lawrence also said that discussion is still on-going with regards to signing a second South Korean, striker Lee Gil Hoon.

The 34-year-old Lee, who has had stints with Penang as well as KL Sime Darby, also impressed during the trials but a clearer view on his situation will be known once his agent arrives here for further talks with the FA.

“Hopefully, we will be able to reach an agreement the soonest the better so that he is able for selection for Sabah’s next league game.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that Igor is likely to play no more part for Sabah in the current campaign as he recovers from a torn ligament on his right leg.

He is set to be out for around three months and will only be back for Sabah’s last three games. But the FA would like a replacement for the seven games which he will not be available for, especially when Sabah are battling relegation.

However, Igor’s place in the state side next season is safe as his contract runs until the end of the 2018 campaign. For the record, the Sabah Rhinos are ninth in the 12-team Premier League on 10 points where they are just five points above the relegation zone.

They face Pahang clubside Kuantan FA away on May 24 before the league takes a break.

   
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