The winner of the Best Striker award for the recently concluded 2017 National Football Awards has confirmed that he will be not be playing for PKNP in 2018 season.
In the 2017 season, Shahrel managed to find the back of the net a total of 20 times in the Premier League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup - making him the highest scoring local player in all divisions last season.
Which is why his service is coveted by teams as they start to make their plans for the new season in 2018 that is scheduled to start in early February. Several teams have registered their interest in Shahrel but it looks like a straight fight between Perak and Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) to secure his signature.
"For me, what was offered by the new team is attractive for me to gain new knowledge there. Because I've been with PKNP for 3 seasons now and it's time for me to try something new. It's not so much about salary."
"Perak has offered higher salary but it's more an overall environment with top-notch facilties and conditions. JDT are one of the teams interested in my service. I want a new challenge in my career and we'll see where it is," said Shahrel when met after the friendly match between PKNS FC and PKNP.
The 23-year-old also managed to attract the attention of the then Malaysia national team head coach Nelo Vingada in 2017 and eventually earned his first international cap against Syria.
Injury since curtailed his chances of further involvement with the national team but Shahrel is adamant that a change of club will have no bearing on his chances to attract the interest of new Malaysia head coach, Tan Cheng Hoe.
"Not really [transfer move impact on his national team chances]. What happened before was due to the hard work that I put in. Wherever I go, as long as I work hard, I'm sure I can get back into the national team," added Shahrel.
Still working to recover back to full fitness, things will be clearer in the coming weeks after PKNP and Shahrel conclude negotiations with the respective interested teams.