By Khalis Rifhan
Woodlands Wellington have snapped up former Gombak United midfielder Theerawekin Seehawong from Thai Premier League (TPL) side Pattaya United.
This is Theerawekin’s second stint in the S.League, having turned out for the Bulls for three seasons after signing for the club back in 2007 and played under coach Swandi Ahmad.
Speaking to Goal, Theerawekin revealed that it was Salim Moin, who was then Swandi's assistant coach, who had persuaded him to accept the offer for a second spell in Singapore.
“I am going back to the S.League as someone whom I respected while playing for Gombak United had contacted me," he said.
“This is a good challenge and opportunity as I am coming to an end of my career.
“If I hang up my boots overseas, I will focus on coaching and I will soon get a license for it.
"I'm very happy and thankful with Pattaya United and my teammates who have treated me well, like a brother, and for their support all these years.
“Pattaya’s management and board have taken good care of me and my family and I will not forget that.”
Theerawekin has a Singapore League Cup medal to his name having won it with the Bulls in 2008, where they saw off Super Reds FC in the final.
The 33-year-old will be replacing former Netherlands Under-21 international Khalid Hamdaoui, whose contract runs out at the end of June.
Both the Rams management and Hamdaoui had been in discussions over a possible contract extension until the end of the season.
But with no end in sight and the transfer window coming to a close in two weeks time, the club decided to move in for the Thai midfielder.
The club has also confirmed with Goal Singapore that they have secured contract extensions for their other foreign players, namely South Korean trio Cho Sung Hwan, Chang Jo Yoon and Moon Soon Ho.
Also staying until the end of the season is former Albirex Niigata (S) midfielder Atsushi Shimono and Singapore international Shariff Samat Allapitchay.
Woodlands are currently 8th in the league standings, with coach Salim having declared earlier in the year that he is aiming for a top-three spot this season.