Woodlands Wellington to return to the S.League?

Former S.League club Woodlands Wellington is set to be resurrected after moves to merge with Hougang United fell through.

One of the founding members of the S.League since its inaugural year in 1996, Woodlands Wellington sat out the 2015 season after it was announced that they would merge operations with Hougang.

As a result, the league was condensed from 12 teams to a 10-team competition, with Tanjong Pagar United also dropping out.

Hougang carried on their participation with the Woodlands logo emblazoned on their jerseys, but the proposed merger did not materialise for some reason.

It is understood that there are now plans to reinstate the Rams back into the S.League next year.

"The merger idea, which was to enable clubs to be financially stronger through combined resources and funds, was, unfortunately, not feasible for implementation at this juncture,” an S.League spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia.

“WWFC will continue as a football club under the purview of S.League, engage in community football activities and pay off its debts, similar to all other clubs sitting out."

James Lim, a grassroots leader, and R. Vengadasalam, the club’s former team manager, is currently spearheading a fan group to keep Woodlands alive.

Lim, is hoping to join the club's executive committee, which currently runs the clubhouse at Woodlands Stadium. The clubhouse reportedly operates more than a dozen jackpot machines, which are a source of revenue for the club.

While Woodlands are currently not holding any football activities, it could well change soon with the colourful “Venga” posting on his Facebook page looking for players to participate in the National Football League (NFL) from April 2016 onwards.

"We hope to see our beloved Woodlands Wellington put up a team for the NFL this year, and look forward to the return of the Rams to the S.League in 2017,” said Lim.

Many notable Singapore footballers have donned the Rams kit in the past–V. Sundramoorthy, Goh Tat Chuan, Itimi Dickson and Ahmad Latiff to name a few.