|By Khalis Rifhan
Home United unveiled its star signing, former South Korea international Lee Kwan Woo for the upcoming S.League season at a press conference held at the Bishan stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Also present was head coach Paul Lee Lim Saeng and new signing Singapore international Noh Rahman who has been named as the captain for the new league campaign.
Kwan Woo previously played for Suwon Bluewings after joining from Daejeon Citizen in 2006 and was named as captain a year later.
The 34-year-old attacking midfielder scored once in 13 international appearances for South Korea and returns to professional football after spending the past year and a half recuperating from a knee injury.
Kwan Woo arrived in Singapore last December and had since been training with the club and played in their pre-season tour of South Korea in January.
Coach Lee was also impressed with Kwan Woo’s attitude as the South Korean spent his Christmas holiday training to improve his fitness level.
“During Christmas, Kwan Woo trained hard to get back to fitness, it shows me his level of professionalism and discipline to the cause that had made him a quality player he is,” said Lee
Captain Noh echoed Lee’s sentiment of Kwan Woo saying: “He brought his professional attitude to the team and I saw lots of positivity since beginning training with him.”
While Kwan Woo is a household name in Korea, he is not taking things for granted and is eager to repay coach Lee’s faith in him in the upcoming season.
“When I made the decision to join Home United, I promised him (Paul Lee) and the club that I will give my best and that I am not only here due to my reputation,” he said through a translator
“Hopefully I am able to give my best impression to the fans and benefit the club.”
The pressure must have been felt by the two players during the press conference as coach Lee made known his title dream for 2013.
“Our aim is to challenge for the S.League and the Cup title," he boldly declared.
"I expect the coaching staff and players to work together and achieve our objectives. The team will play attractive football with a winning mentality and become serious title contender.”
As part of a pre-season tour in Korea, Home played four matches against K1 and K2 teams, Bucheon FC and Jeju United, before ending the tour with a match with the Korean Under-19 Olympic team.
Kwan Woo took that opportunity to gel with his new teammates as he added: “Home United has the quality, spirit and fitness of a very good team. They have shown it to my Korean counterparts while we were training in Jeju.”
“Head coach has prepared us well and we want to show to all fans the results of our training, fitness and discipline. We will bring football to an exciting level.”
Home United will kick off their league campaign against last season runners-up Brunei DPMM at the Bishan Stadium on February 21 at 730pm.