Hafiz Sujad linked to Tampines Rovers return after Thailand exit

Singapore international midfielder Hafiz Abu Sujad has been linked with a move back to Tampines Rovers in the S.League after the withdrawal of his Thai club from professional competitions.

Big Bang Chula United (BBCU) pulled out of the Thailand second division at the end of April, leaving the talented 26-year-old in limbo after less than four months.

BBCU pulled the plug after a training session on April 27 as they stood in 14th spot in the 18-team Thai League 2. Hafiz had only joined them in January.

"There was no warning given to us, it was just announced on that day itself ... I just pray that this is settled quickly so I can move on," Hafiz told Today.

Hafiz, who has earned 34 international caps, is desperate to find a new club so he can push for inclusion in June's internationals against Chinese Taipei and Argentina.

His old employers Tampines could welcome him back when the S.League's mid-season transfer window opens on May 2.

"We have always been supportive of Hafiz's professional development and continue to be," Tampines chairman chairman Krishna Ramachandra told Today.

"He is always welcome to join us back anytime if a suitable alternative overseas club is not available.

"He is a real talent and such players must get all the support from Singapore.

"I like him as a player and even more as an individual. He will do well wherever he is at."

Complicating matters is the fact that Hafiz is still contracted to BBCU and needs to be officially released. The club are due to meet with Football Association of Thailand (FAT) to discuss options. But the left-sided player is already looking forward, not back.

"I told my agent that I need to find a club as soon as possible because of the national team fixtures in June," Hafiz said.

"If I don't have a club, how can [national coach] Sundram take me?"

Singapore play Chinese Taipei in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier on June 10 before facing Lionel Messi's Argentina three days later, with both games played at the National Stadium.