BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Over the past two days, 2016 Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta'zim, 2016 Malaysia Cup winners Kedah and next year's MSL side PKNS FC have been the busiest Malaysian teams in the transfer market.
The Southern Tigers on Friday announced three new signings. They are former Harimau Muda graduate Syahrul Azwari, Malaysia U22 goalkeeper Haziq Nadzli and Ernest Wong, a new addition to the growing brigade of Malaysian footballers of mixed-heritage.
Syahrul Azwari played for Sarawak in 2016 following a controversial signing that involved the East Malaysia side and his home state club Kelantan, which was later rescinded to a loan move.
Haziq meanwhile had played for PDRM in 2016 mainly as its first-team goalkeeper, despite the fact that he is only 18-years old.
New Zealand-based Wong meanwhile had played for Eastern Suburbs AFC, and had previously attended trial with the Southern Tigers in October. According to the announcement, the goalkeeper will join JDT II.
The Red Ants will be retaining the service of its Chilean-Palestinian forward Matías Jadue for another season, announced the club on Saturday.
Jadue signing his contract extension
Having joined the side at the start of the 2016 season, the 24-year old then scored 19 goals in total to help PKNS reach the FA Cup final, the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals, and emerged Premier League runners up to gain automatic promotion to the 2017 Super League.
The day before, PKNS announced several new additions to their local player roster. They are Zamir Selamat (Perak), Azmi Muslim (Selangor), Affizee Mamat (Terengganu), Fauzan Dzulkifli (Pulau Pinang), S. Sivanesan, Bobby Gonzales (Felda United), Sabree Abu (Kedah) and K. Gurusamy (Sarawak).
Interestingly, Zamir and Fauzan had once played for PKNS in the past.
The Red Eagles meanwhile have announced that they have released several of their players. They are former Malaysia midfielder Amar Rohidan, 19-year old goalkeeper Syazwan Abdullah, 24-year old midfielder Shazuan Ashraf Matthews, 34-year old defender Shafizan Hashim, 29-year old defender Sabree Abu.
According to the club, they have offered to extend the contract of defender Azmeer Yusof for another year, but the 26 year old has opted to join Kuala Lumpur in the Premier League instead, to be closer with his family.
They meanwhile have signed two players; Kedah-born 23 year old midfielder Akram Mahinan from JDT, and Kelantan's Fitri Omar. Fitri had been with Kelantan since 2014, but he was loaned out to Pulau Pinang in the June 2016 transfer window.