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 By Paul Murphy

Singapore keeper Hassan Sunny gets 'two concrete offers' from Thailand

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss the new rule that will make S.League sides more youthful and examine the future of the national team.

Singapore international goalkeeper Hassan Sunny is set to go abroad again after admitting it was "most likely" that he would be playing his football in Thailand in 2018.

Former Tottenham and England defender Gary Stevens brought Hassan to Thai League (T1) side Army United in 2015. He had an excellent debut season, firmly establishing himself as one of the top keepers in the country.

But Army United's relegation to T2 last year saw him released, and he returned to Singapore to play for Home United this season.

Hassan had a brief trial in Japan with J3 side Gainare Tottori earlier this year, but an offer did not materialise.

Now, the new ASEAN quota in the Thai League seems to have opened the door for a return, with at least two clubs having expressed an interest in his services.

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"There have been two concrete offers," Hassan told The Straits Times. "One is from a T1 and the other is from a T2 club.

"It will be easier to settle down in Thailand as I had played there before. Nothing is signed yet but, most likely, I'll be playing in Thailand next year."

Reports in the Thai media suggest that Army United may be the T2 club that has made an offer for Hassan, who has always spoken warmly of his time in Thailand.

He also recognises that the Thai League represents a step up from the struggling S.League in many ways.

"There is a huge difference between the two countries, in terms of football," Hassan said.

"The league there is very professional. It has everything that a professional player wants. The crowds are good, the standard of football is good, the money is good and the facilities are good."

Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill reflect on Albirex Niigata's campaign after they clinched a second straight S.League title.

Hassan, who has won 74 caps for his country, was S.League Player of the Year in Warriors FC's championship-winning team in 2014.

He has won two AFF Cup winners medals as part of the winning Singapore squads in 2004 and 2007.

At the age of 33, he remains ambitious and seems determined for a second chance in a country that he left on a disappointing note first time around.

Bangkok-based Paul Murphy has lived in Asia for a decade, writing for ESPN FC since 2014. He is a former Daily Express sub-editor. @PaulMurphyBKK

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