Regarded as one of the top players in Singapore and the M-League, many were surprised that former Lions XII captain Shahril Ishak decided to join Johor Darul Takzim II (JDT II) and play in the Premier League next season.
However for Shahril, his move to JDT II is part of the plan for the future by the President of Johor Football Association (PBNJ).
According to Sinar Harian, Shahril said “JDT is a big club in Malaysia. We have seen what Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) has done to the club by bringing in players such as Pablo Aimar and now the whole world will know Johor and JDT. A lot of people asked me why I want to play in the Premier League, and my answer is this is my job, I am happy and proud to be part of TMJ’s plan and mission."
Shahril, who won the AFF Suzuki Cup Best Player award last year, believes that the arrival of players such as his teammate from Lions XII Bahaikki Khaizan, and JDT player Zaquan Adha, will make JDT II even stronger and gives them a good chance to gain promotion to the Super League for 2015.