Currently in the second tier of Malaysian football, the second string side for the wealthy Johor club are being primed for entry into Singapore football
Johor Football Association President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has announced massive plans that are in the works for both Johor teams, Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and Johor Darul Takzim II (JDT II).
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, TMJ, as he is better known, expressed his desire to withdraw JDT II from the Malaysian Premire League to compete in the S.League next season.
“We are considering placing the team in the Singapore football league by November as it is better and will give the younger players more exposure,” he told reporters in Johor according to The Star.
Tunku Ismail added that he was willing to pay RM 300,000 (USD92,400) in fines to the Football Association of Malaysia for the intended withdrawal.
According to the terms of the Memorandom of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Football Associations of Singapore and Malaysia in 2011, each nation could provide an Under-23 side to compete in the other's domestic competition. The Singapore LionsXII side features players above the age of 23 while the current Malaysian entrants in the S.League, Harimau Muda B, are an Under-21 side who are on a dismal 10-game losing streak.
There are currently three foreign teams participating in the S.League, with Brunei DPMM and Albirex Niigata being long-term participants.
JDT II are languishing in mid-table in Malaysia's second tier, far off the pace from an automatic promotion spot to the Super League. The side features Singapore captain Shahril Ishak.
The ambitious Johor Crown Prince, also outlined several other developments, including the building of a new 50,000 capacity stadium on a man-made island between Singapore and Johor, with the land reclamation process already underway.
He also added that the state's ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has agreed to purchase a private jet to be used to transport the squad for matchdays.