‘Berty? Mee! Striker Joins Port


As we predicted in yesterday’s Transfer Talk, Brazilian-Timorese (cough) forward Heberty Fernandes was officially announced as a Port player last night. Heberty joins on a season-long loan from rivals Muangthong where he has spent the last three seasons. It’s somewhat unusual that a T1 team would loan their star player to a rival for a season, but this is Thai football and stranger things will no doubt happen before the 2020 season begins.

As we observed yesterday, Heberty has an absolutely stellar scoring record in Thai football, hitting 65 in 90 appearances for Ratchaburi from 2014-16, and a further 51 in 79 for Muangthong from 2017-19. Ironically he was on Port’s radar at the start of the 2017 season but Pang baulked at his wage demands; now, with the T1 title a much more realistic target than it was back then, she’s decided to splash the cash on T1’s probable top earner.

So welcome to Port Heberty! We wish you all the best and hope that you can break the curse that seems to afflict any previously prolific strikers as soon as they run out at the PAT.

Heberty Player Bio


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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