Shahril Ishak 'not likely' to move to Thailand, says agent

The Singapore skipper's agent has confirmed that he will have to see out his remaining one-year contract with the LionsXII, despite interest from Bangkok Glass.
By Khalis Rifhan

Singapore duo Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan have been registered by the Football Association of Singapore [FAS] for the 2013 Malaysian Super League season, amidst earlier reports that Thailand club Bangkok Glass were interested in signing them.

Shahril’s agent, Abdul Halim of Off-Side Sports Management, has confirmed with Singapore that the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup's Most Valuable Player would have to see out his remaining one-year contract with LionsXII, and a move to Thailand club Bangkok Glass is not likely at this moment.

“They [FAS] are not able to find a replacement for Shahril now as the transfer window has closed for the Malaysian League," he said, following a meeting with FAS earlier today afternoon.

“But we are still sorting [things] out and working together to look for a solution that is beneficial to both parties. At this moment, Shahril is still a LionsXII player and he has reported back to training with the team.”

Although a section of LionsXII fans might welcome the news of their captain staying, such opportunities to play overseas might not come again for the duo as it is rare of Thai clubs to show interest in Singapore-born players. 

According to close sources, Bangkok Glass had offered the duo improved two-year contracts and was waiting for the green light from FAS.

Had the move materialized, it would have been their second stint overseas for Shahril and Baihakki. The former had previously turned out for Indonesian outfit Persib Bandung and Medan Chiefs before returning to Singapore in late 2011, while Baihakki left Geylang United in 2009 to join Persija Jakarta, before reuniting with Shahril in Bandung and Medan.