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Former Singapore midfielder John Wilkinson is excited to be back in the S.League

Wilkinson glad to be 'home' with Tanjong Pagar

Former Singapore midfielder John Wilkinson is excited to be back in the S.League

Sadat Osman

The former Singapore midfielder's contract with the Jaguars could last up to 18 months and he is expected to play his first game against old club Home United

Former SAFFC (now Warriors FC) and Home United player John Wilkinson has signed for Tanjong Pagar United.

The length of his contract is still in the works, but it could last somewhere from 6-18 months.

Wilkinson was at the Jaguars’ first round Group B match of the Starhub League Cup at the Queenstown Stadium on Thursday evening, and even posed for some pictures with fans.

Speaking to Goal during the game, the 33-year-old said that he is relieved and at the same time excited to be back in the S.League.

“The S.League is my home league and I really didn’t want to play anywhere else," Wilkinson declared.

“I’m glad that the transfer to the Jaguars has been done and dusted."

Having previously played for Salgoacar FC in India's I-League, the father of three is looking forward to linking up with Ahmad Latiff and former SAFFC colleague Asraf Rashid.

“I went to [India] to help [Salgoacar] get out of the relegation zone and we ended up finishing seventh," Wilkinson recalled.

“It was great for me."

Wilkinson didn’t score any goals in the I-League as he played in a defensive-midfield role, but things might change for him in a Jaguars shirt with coach Patrick Vallee revealing that he could play the former Singapore international anywhere.

“He is a versatile player and can replace anyone if I have problems with injuries or suspensions," the Frenchman claimed.

Vallee has known Wilkinson since 2010 when he was coaching Etoile FC, and feels that the England-born player can bring value to the team.

Wilkinson’s contract will officially begin on June 10 and he is expected to play his first game on June 27 at Bishan Stadium against his former club.

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