Titus James Palani became a househould name in Malaysia 15 years ago as a youth who had sublime ball juggling skills, even appearing in a local television advertisement. Then, he left our shores to join French football and Malaysians hardly had any word on him after that.
13 years on, Titus who now plays as a left-back for French lower league club Nanteuil FC, has been given a chance to stake his claim in English football by another prominent former Malaysian footballer and pundit, Serbegeth Singh, better known as Shebby Singh. Singh is currently the global football advisor of the English Championship club Blackburn Rovers.
Titus is understood to be relishing this chance and is looking forward to joining up with the Blackburn team once he gets the green light. He told THE STAR, “I know that if I make it, I will be the first Malaysian to play in England. I have played competitive football in France and I know what it’s like to play in Europe.”
The 26-year-old would not however face any work permit issues like other local players who have attended trials with British clubs before him as he has been playing football in Europe for the last 10 years.
Titus currently has yet to receive any caps for the Malaysian senior national team.