EXCLUSIVE: Hansson Leaves Port FC


Young Thai-Swedish defender and former Sandpit interviewee Niran Hansson tonight confirmed that he has terminated his contract with Port FC. After his impressive performance in the friendly against Ang Thong on Sunday, we were surprised not to see Niran on the pitch against Samut Sakhon tonight, so I got in touch with him to find out why and he confirmed that he has left the club.

“The coach made his choice going for more experienced players so I feel I have to move to get to play and get more experience” Niran told me. “I feel sorry that I wasn’t given the chance to prove myself at the club but feel it’s the right thing to do.”

Niran is hopeful of getting a move to another Thai club. “I feel I can contribute to most of the teams here” he said. “So we’ll meet again – unfortunately I will have to steal some points from you!”

Niran also paid tribute to Thailand’s finest football fan website: “Thanks to you and all the Sandpit crew for always supporting me.”

From our point of view, it’s very sad to see such a promising young player leave, especially one who has been raised in a European footballing culture but who brings the benefit of Thai nationality. Niran always looked strong, fast and skillful in friendlies and his departure leaves Port with very little defensive coverage should Rochela or Dolah get injured. It also sends out a pretty depressing message about the status of young players at Port, especially given the continued absence of the likes of Tatchanon, Maranhao and Tetchin from the first team, whilst old lags like Tana, Wuttichai, Anisong et al are still getting first team action. Jadet clearly prefers more experienced players and Port’s league position suggests he’s not wrong, but there seems to be little thought given to the long-term future of the club. We hope that, with T1 safety already all but guaranteed, the coach will be a little bit more ‘youthful’ in his thinking in the second half of the season.

As for Niran, we thank him for being a friend of the Sandpit and for always being available for a chat, and we wish him well in his next move. He’ll always get a warm welcome from us at the PAT – just as long as he doesn’t go to Muangthong…


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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