S.League: Tampines Rovers pip Hougang United to sign Khairul Amri

Hougang were also keen on signing Amri from Garena Young Lions.

Khairul Amri
Amri will be a big boost to Tampines' chances in 2017 Reuters

Tampines Rovers have won the race to sign Singapore international Khairul Amri, who will join the Stags for the 2017 season on a two-year contract. Notably, the 31-year-old was a hot property following an early end to his two-year contract with Garena Young Lions.

The S.League giants have added the much-needed firepower to their frontline after losing the likes of Jermaine Pennant, Billy Mehmet and Jordan Webb after the team management decided to reduce the wage budget at the end of the 2016 season. The Stags finished second behind champions Albirex Niigata and ended the year without a piece of silverware.

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Notably, the upcoming stint will be Amri's third with the five-time winners after his spells during 2008 to 2009 and in 2013, which was also the last time Tampines won the league title. Tampines' team manager Desmund Khusnin confirmed the signing, according to a report on FourFourTwo. Amri was also on Hougang United's radar.

Hougang manager Matthew Tay had confirmed his side's intent saying that they were looking to work around Amri's contract issues with Young Lions. Amri was among the few positives to have emerged from their disastrous AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 campaign.

The Lions exited the Asean tournament in the group stages without a win and collected only one point, which was also their worst Suzuki Cup performance. Amri gave Singapore the lead in their do-or-die game against Indonesia only to see the Garudas come back from behind with two second half goals.

Tampines, who are racing against time to get their squad in shape ahead of their AFC Champions League Qualifier clash in, also secured the services of Madhu Mohana.

Madhu was plying his trade with Warriors FC in the 2016 season. After spending three years with the now-defunct Lions XII, the 25-year-old had an ordinary season with the S.League team, who finished seventh.

However, the Singapore international revealed he is ready to win the league title with the Stags and is feeling confident as well after coming up with a decent show in the recently concluded AFF Suzuki Cup.