|By Khalis Rifhan
Former Singapore international Noh Alam Shah is set to be the highest paid player at second tier club PSS Sleman, although the club’s management stopped short of releasing figures on the striker's wages.
“It is only right that Along [Alam Shah] gets a high wage, as the player’s value is high in the market," PSS team manager told Supardjiono Goal.com.
"I also think his jersey will sell very well. Along also has the pull factor that will bring in the fans to our stadium.”
However, it is not purely a business transaction for the club as Alam Shah’s quality on the pitch is inarguable. Alam Shah has experienced the highest level of football in Indonesia with Arema Indonesia and Persib Bandung, and his arrival at PSS will make the team one of the strongest in the Divisi Utama PT LPIS (First Division).
“We never doubted his ability and we are at ease with him joining us,” Supardjiono explained.
"If one is to ask about his actual wage, it is better to ask the player himself. But it is confirmed that he has officially signed for us alongside 21 other players."
According to Supardjiono, the player's wage for a month is about Rp340 million (USD34,979) and this works out to about Rp3.4 billion per season (a total of ten months); the club's operational budget is Rp5 billion.
Alam Shah last played for Tampines Rovers in the S.League, having joined the club midway through the previous season from Persib Bandung.
Although the striker failed to register a single goal, he collected a championship medal as the Stags ended the season at the summit, four points ahead of their closest rivals Brunei DPMM FC.