Tampines seal services of Singapore keeper Hyrulnizam

S.League champions Tampines Rovers will have a new man in goal for 2014 after completing the signing of Singapore international Hyrulnizam Juma’at on a one-year deal.

The 27-year-old, who was part of the Singapore side that won the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, spent this year at Warriors FC but was released at the end of the campaign.

However, given he’s regarded as one of the top shot-stoppers in Singapore despite his lack of playing time this past season, it has not taken him long to find a new club.

It was no secret that Tampines have been on the hunt for a new goalkeeper following the release of Portuguese Andre Martins, which left Ridhuan Barudin as the only recognised custodian at the Clementi Stadium.

But while many expect him to be the Stags’ number one next season, Hyrulnizam is not about to get complacent.

“Tampines Rovers FC [are] a big club,” he said, in an announcement on the club’s official Facebook page.

“I still have plenty to learn and I will have to work very hard to compete for the number one spot with Ridhuan.”

Nonetheless, the ex-LIONSXII man is looking forward to helping Tampines, S.League champions in the last three seasons, achieve more success in 2014, especially with the club standing a chance of playing in the AFC Champions League if they make it through the playoffs.

“This team is made up of seasoned campaigners,” Hyrulnizam added. “Hopefully, I can do my part to help the team win its fourth successive S.League title in 2014.

“I can’t wait to get the new season started. To be able to play in the Asian Champions League, even though it is at the playoff stage, is something I’m looking forward to.”

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