Boris Raspudic will be marshalling the DPMM FC defence once again in the S.League next year after signing a one-year extension with the club.
The 32-year-old centre-back joined the Bruneian club ahead of this season and played a key role for them as they won the Singapore League Cup and finished runners-up in the league, after a final-day defeat to Tampines Rovers allowed Warriors FC to pip them to the title.
Although DPMM have released three foreigners in Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’Donovan and Roberto Alviz, it was initially rumoured that both Raspudic and Irishman Joe Gamble had agreed on new deals.
And in the case of the former, it was confirmed on Monday after his agent – Trebol Sports International – issued a press release announcing that he had signed a contract extension for 2015.
“I feel good that the club has been happy with my performance this season,” he said.
“In return, I would like to reward their confidence in me with assured performances and better results for next season.
“I think I deserve an extension as our defence was the stingiest in the league. I have put in a number of good games and most importantly, I have blended in well with my team-mates and the local culture.”
DPMM’s attacking prowess in 2014 – they scored 90 goals in all competition – meant the spotlight was usually focused on the likes of Tosi, O’Donovan and Adi Said, resulting in less attention being paid to the influence Raspudic had.
Nonetheless, he established himself as one of the S.League’s best defenders with his no-nonsense style of play and excellent reading of the game, and also proved to be a strong leader at the back.
DPMM are already building for the upcoming campaign and have offered trials to ex-Manchester City goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen, as well as Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt.