BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Premier League side Kuala Lumpur (KL) today completed the signing of Chilean-Palestinian midfielder, Jonathan Eduardo Cantillana Zorrilla.
The 24-year old, who has played for San Antonio Unido and alestino in Chile, has been given a one-year contract, according to the Kuala Lumpur The City Boys Facebook page. Zorrilla has also played for Palestine at the international stage, including in their 6-0 home win against Malaysia in their 2018 World Cup/2019 Asian Cup qualification match in 2015.
With Zorrilla's signing, KL now have one more foreign player slot to be filled, after terminating the contracts of Australian midfielder Mario Karlovic and Brazilian forward Casagrande just before the June transfer window opened.
Zorilla has also become the third Palestine international and Chilean-Palestinian footballer to play in the Malaysian domestic football this season, after Matias Jadue joined PKNS FC at the start of the season, and Yashir Pinto signed with Melaka United just last week.
The club also reportedly extended the contracts of several of its current players until 2018. The players who have received the new deals are 21-year old defender Hafiz Johar, and 22-year old and 21-year old midfielders Hardee Shamsuri and Zhafri Yahya.
They also reportedly have signed former JDT and Kelantan right back, Nazri Ahmad from Sabah.
The City Boys have also shown their intent, by also extending the contracts of their coaching staff; head coach Ismail Zakaria, assistant head coach Rusdi Suparman and goalkeeping coach Afendi Kamsah, who have all been offered a contract extension until December 2017, according to the post.
The latest move has certainly signalled the rejuvenated Klang Valley side's intention to return to the Super League, after a four-year absence.
Although they did not manage to maintain their position at the top of the league this season, they can still regain it in the second half of the league after the Ramadhan and Hari Raya break, and they have already qualified for the 2016 Malaysia Cup.