Woodlands Wellington may have not been able to convince former Netherlands Under-21 international Khalid Hamdoui to extend his stay at the club, but that loss was not felt by the club during their 5-2 win over Brunei DPMM in the S.League.
The Rams have found an able replacement in ex-Gombak United midfielder Theerawekin Seehawong, who was snapped up during the June transfer window from Thai Premier League club Pattaya United.
"Gum", as Theerawekin is fondly known among his peers, scored a brace on his debut and brought back memories of yesteryear when Thailand internationals such as Kiatisuk Senamuang (Warriors FC), Tawan Sripan (Sembawang Rangers) and Surachai Jaturapattarapong (Gombak and Home United) were making waves in the S.League.
“Gum is a player that will settle down immediately; he has played in Singapore before and he has no problem with the weather, food and his surroundings,” coach Salim Moin told Goal Singapore.
“I was at Gombak when he was there [in 2006-2009] and I have every confidence in him and that is why I called him back.
“Khalid has his own quality and so too has Gum. But I did mention that when I get Gum, he will score goals and he got two goals for us.”
“So as per my promise, when I say he will deliver, he will do so.
Gum did not look as though he was a newbie amidst the Rams ranks as he was comfortable with their style of play and stuck a chord with the attackers.
“You can see that his understanding of the game is good and he is a provider," Salim poined out.
"I also told him that 'this is your first game', as he is always worried about his first performance.
“I told him honestly that he does not have to worry about anything as everybody knows what he is capable off.
“The most important thing is how he is going to get into the game and I did mention that Moon [Soon Ho] is all about speed and Chang [Jo Yoon] likes the ball to be played to his feet.”
“So he adapted to the situation very well during training and you can see in the game he provided good service to the two strikers.”