Suphanburi snap up Panupong, Jakkapan from Muangthong

Suphanburi have begun reinforcing for the 2014 Thai Premier League campaign after completing the signings of Thailand internationals Panupong Wongsa and Jakkapan Pornsai.

In a statement on their official website, the War Elephants confirmed both players had agreed to join the club after deals had been done with Muangthong United.

Although the duo played key roles in the Twin Qilins’ title success in 2012, both have failed to enjoy similar success in the recently-concluded campaign, with Jakkapan struggling with several injury problems.

Nonetheless, the pacy winger, who is still only 26, remains a potent attacking threat when at his best and starred for Thailand at last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup.

Panupong, on the other hand, brings a wealth of experience to the Suphanburi Municipality Stadium, having captained Thailand in the past.

However, the 29-year-old has not appeared for the national team since the departure of Winfried Schafer, and with current coach Surachai Jaturapattarapong seemingly determined to blood new talent, it remains to be seen if he has a long-term future at international level.

His presence will however add even more stability to a Suphanburi backline that enjoyed the joint second-best defensive record in the league this past campaign, conceding just 31 goals in 32 games.

Suphanburi, who exceeded all expectations by finishing fourth in the league, have also added Chonburi defender Putthinan Wannasri and Pattaya United anchorman Kriangkhai Pimrat to their squad for next season.

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