Durakovic has no plans to risk rushing Brendan's full return

Perak TBG
Brendan Gan's first bow for Perak was the highlight of the Bos Gaurus' first friendly match of the pre-season as they downed Felcra FC 5-1 yesterday.

Given the raucous cheering from a UM Arena packed with Perak fans, Brendan Gan has instantly become the fans' favourite for the new season.

His introduction midway through the second half in Perak's 5-1 pre-season friendly win over Felcra FC saw Brendan making his first appearance on the pitch since he suffered a knee injury.

The Australian-born Malaysian was wanted by a whole host of clubs heading into the 2018 season but it was Perak who managed to secure his signing, thus becoming arguably the most prized signing of the season thus far.

However Perak's head coach, Mehmet Durakovic chose to adopt a more cautious approach and is willing to bide his time with Brendan's return.

"It takes time, he hasn't played for one year. But he's getting sharper and sharper. We just need to give him 20 minutes here, 25 minutes there. It's still a long way to go for him but he'll get there," said Durakovic after the match.

Perak scored twice through Ahmad Khairil Anuar and Nizad Ayub respectively before Gilmar Filho rounded up the goals late in the second half. Nor Hakim Hassan got a run out as did former Kelantan man, Wander Luis.

Durakovic was reasonably pleased with his team's first outing of the new season as he looks to build back the fitness of the players. With only two import signings done, he wily coach from Australia is still on the hunt to fill up the remaining slot.

"In our pre-season, this was our first day out and I'm very happy with the performance. The young boys who played in the second half also did well. It's coming along but it's nice to get off to a good start." 

"They are getting fitter and sharper. It's nice to see them free of injuries and knock on wood everything would be okay for the start of the season. We still have a few foreigners to come but we'll take our time and pick the right one," added Durakovic.