|By Khalis Rifhan
The transfer saga surrounding Singapore’s national team captain Shahril Ishak ended on Saturday, after his agent confirmed that the midfielder will be staying with the LionsXII for the upcoming Malaysian Super League season.
“It’s over for us, Shahril accepted the decision and he has to move on from it,” Abdul Halim of Off-Side Sports Management told Goal.com Singapore earlier on Saturday.
Following their sterling performances in Singapore's recent AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 triumph, Shahril, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and centreback Baihakki Khaizan, attracted the interest of Thailand club Bangkook Glass FC.
Despite having already signed a new one-year contract with the LionsXII, Shahril was determined to secure a move away to Thailand and had sent a SMS appeal to Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin and Gen-Sec, Winston Lee.
According to Halim, FAS was initially supposed to revert to the player by Friday evening, but neither the agent nor the player received any reply, thus quashing any glimmer of hope they had.
With no indication of a positive reply forthcoming, Halim sent out a one-line statement to the media on Saturday putting an end to the episode.
Although Bangkok Glass manager Suppasin Leelarit had earlier indicated optimism in signing Baihakki, the club has since signed Costa Rican defender Jose Mena Alfaro, which should mean the lanky defender will be staying in Singapore as well.
Had the move materialised, it would have been the duo's second overseas stint. Shahril 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.