Itimi Dickson on trial at Balestier

The former Singapore international, who left for Indonesia in 2012, has been training with the Tigers in a bid to earn a contract and return to the S.League
Balestier Khalsa have taken former Singapore international Itimi Dickson on trial, the S.League side has confirmed.

The pacy winger, last known to have played for Persidafon Dafonsoro in the Indonesia Super League until 2012, has been training with the Tigers in a bid to earn a new contract.

"He is on trial and has very poor fitness at the moment," a source in the Balestier management told Goal Singapore.

The Tigers still have one foreign slot left to fill, after defender Gabriel Obadin Aikhena was released to join Myanmar club Nay Pyi Taw on Monday. The club has retained Korean duo Park Kang Jin and Kim Min-ho as well as captain Paul Cunningham, while signing defender Emir Lotinac, who has played for Serbian top-flight side FK Novi Pazar. It is believed that they are looking at bringing in a marquee signing for the final slot.

Nigeria-born Itimi started his career in the S.League in 2001 with now-defunct Jurong FC and went on to ply his trade at other clubs like Woodlands Wellington, Young Lions, Home United and Geylang United (now Geylang International). He also represented the Lions at international level after gaining citizenship and was part of the sides that won the 2004 and 2007 Asean Football Championships.

Under Darren Stewart, the Toa Payoh-based side achieved their best league finish of fourth and won the League Cup last season, which was their first-ever major trophy. Stewart has since been replaced by former player Marko Kraljevic, while club top-scorer Qiu Li has joined Home.