Singapore vice-captain Hariss Harun's year-long loan stint with Spanish third division club, L'Hospitalet, has been cut short due to tax issues prevailing with the Segunda Division B unit.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who is on a two-year contract with Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), secured the loan move to L'Hospitalet and left for Spain last month (23 February). Following the issue due to tax burden that the club is facing, Hariss will now return to S.League and ply his trade for Home United.
JDT's sports director Alistair Edwards, in a facebook post on the club's official page, has also confirmed that L'Hospitalet will sort out the issue as soon as possible and Hariss will re-join the Spanish side in June later this year. He also thanked the Protectors for lending a helping hand and making sure Hariss in the midst of competitive football action.
"Hariss has been in Spain the past month with CE L'Hospitalet, but during the registration process the Spanish club became aware that they weren't able to sign any further players until an existing tax liability is settled," Edwards said, according to the Facebook post.
"This tax liability will be settled in time for Harris to officially rejoin CE L'Hospitalet at the commencement of pre-season training in June.
"Hariss Harun will be joining Home United Football Club on loan from JDT until the European transfer window opens in June.
"We at JDT would like to extend our gratitude to Home United Football Club for their professionalism and collaborative approach in ensuring that Hariss remains in an excellent environment for the betterment of the player, JDT, Home United FC and the Singapore national team.
Meanwhile, Home, who are sitting pretty at the second spot of the league table with two wins from as many games, announced the signing of Hariss on their Facebook page and assured their fans of a fast-paced football this season. Notably, the addition of the midfielder, who had played at the continental level with JDT, is expected to help the Singapore side in their AFC Cup 2017 campaign.
"With the signing of Hariss Harun, playing alongside attacking midfielders like Faris Ramli and Adam Swandi, our fans can expect exciting fast-paced and combative style football from The Protectors this season," the statement read.
"Hariss, aside from his game contribution, will be another excellent mentor and leader, similar to players such as Hassan Sunny, Faris Ramli and Juma'at Jantan for the younger players at HUFC."