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JDT signs Indonesian starlet Syahrian Abimanyu, targets immediate loan

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Syahrian Abimanyu becomes the very first Indonesian player signed by Johor Darul Ta’zim and the club have big plans for the young midfielder.

In an unprecedented move, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) signed his first Indonesian player since the club was rebranded in 2013 with Madura United’s Syahrian Abimanyu seen as the club’s future.

The 21-year-old previously spent a year of his teenage life with Spain’s Levante team before returning to Indonesia and has always crossed the different age groups of the national team.

JDT club owner HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) on Monday teased the signing of an Indonesian player, sparking various rumors about the player’s identity before the club made the official announcement earlier in the week. day.

Singaporean Hariss Harun was the last Southeast Asian player signed by JDT and that was in 2014, when the 30-year-old became one of the mainstays of the team that conquered Malaysian football. .

It was initially believed that Syahrian would team up with Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDTII) in the Premier League, while Hariss was still a force majeure and a club captain with the Super League outfit, but has since come out to crush those rumors. .

Responding to the announcement via the club’s official Instagram page, TMJ said the Syahrian would not be part of the JDTII squad and would instead be sent on loan to a foreign club.

Still relatively young and with Hariss not yet in decline, it looks like a move where JDT is gearing up for that eventuality, whether it’s two, three, or four years from now.

Getting the Syahrian now and having him adapt to the culture and requirements of the club, while learning his craft and improving his game makes a lot of sense.

Moreover, it also opens up a whole new growth market for JDT in Indonesia financially and could also develop a new fan base there, especially as the club are already well known following their exploits over the past eight seasons.

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