Tom’s Transfer Talk: Flash Back to Borneo

 

Crowd favourite and renowned speed demon Terens Puhiri headlines the latest batch of Port transfer news. The Indonesian spent 2018 on loan with Port, but was used sparingly by Jadet, with the 3+1+1 quota rules meaning that in order for Terens to play, one of the other foreign players would have to miss out. He managed just one league start, where he was forced to play at wing back for the majority of the game, and although he featured fairly regularly off the bench he rarely had more than a handful of minutes to make an impact. Few who were sat in Zone B behind the goal Port were attacking in the final home game of 2018 can forget screaming at the team to give Terens the ball to give the little man a chance to open his Port account, before the unselfish Terens squared to Bodin, giving a tap-in to his teammate rather than going for goal himself.

Popular with teammates and fans alike, it’s a shame that Terens has opted to return to his parent club Borneo FC, although he can hardly be blamed after being given so little time to impress in 2018. The real shame for Port is that with the new 3+1+3 quota, ASEAN players can be used alongside all other foreigners, meaning Terens was set to play a bigger role in 2019 than he had last season, but alas we won’t be seeing Flash in the PAT again anytime soon.

 

 

The next two names reported to be on the chopping block are Jetjinn Sriprach and Sammy Slot. This comes from goal.com’s list of confirmed transfers, although we are yet to see official confirmation byt he club or either of the players.

It would certainly be no surprise to anyone if Jetjinn has received his marching orders, with star youngster Kevin and Jadet favourite Panpanpong consistently favoured over the former Honda full back. One way or another, the writing is clearly on the wall, with Yossawat returning from his loan spell and Port bringing in Fox Hunt youngster Nutchanon Sojit there are currently five left backs, and Jetjinn may well be number 5 in the reckoning.

 

 

The situation with Sammy Slot is a little different. Apparently signed on a long term deal from under the noses of Muangthong, Thai Danish forward Slot was given a few minutes off the bench in the second half of the season, although we didn’t really get a chance to see enough of the youngster to determine if he was up to scratch or not. His one assist, achieved by tackling an opponent in the box before Siwakorn curled in a spectacular finish, was his only contribution of note. If goal.com are to be believed we might never find out if he’s any good or not, and more importantly the Sandpit writers will never get to write the headlines that could have been. Oh, how they could have been…

 

Confirmed Signings

 

 

Finally, my investigative Instagramming last time out turned out to be on the money, and we finally have the awkward hostage-style Pangograph to prove it. Fox Hunt duo Jirattikan Vapilai and Nutchanon Sojit are now Port players, and will hopefully be given the opportunity to impress in pre-season and make a case for first team involvement in 2019.

 

And Finally…

 

 

The Spherical Supremo takes radical steps to get the best out of his squad. Dolah up front and Rochela in goal? In Jadet we trust!

 

Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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