Twenty-eight year-old goalie Ninuruddin Niderhar – nicknamed “Spider-Ming” after his sticky-hands – joins the Islanders from Pattani FC, the Division 2 Southern Region runner-up in the 2012 season.
“Spider-Ming” has been well-known to Phuket football fans since 2010, when he saved Diarra Ali’s penalty shot at Surakul Stadium, where Pattani beat what was then FC Phuket 3-0.
The team’s second new player, Chun Ya Gin, joins the Islanders from PTT Rayong FC.
Ya Gin is now reunited in the midfield with his twin brother, Chun Boas – the Chun brothers were part of Phattalung FC under manager Anurak Srikert, who last year helped Phuket FC stay in Yamaha League 1.
Mr Jakkapob says he believes that Ya Gin and Ninuruddin would boost Phuket’s success in the league this year.
Ninuruddin is one of the Southern region’s rising stars and a very disciplined footballer, while Ya Gin is a strong player with the skills that Phuket FC needs to succeed in the league, Mr Jakkapob said.
He also expressed hopes that the inclusion of Ninuruddin and recent signing Sakareeya Kolae, both Muslims from southern Thailand, would help promote the team’s popularity among Muslim fans.
Phuket FC also announced a friendly match against Krabi FC on January 19, 2013 at Phuket’s Surakul Stadium where the new footballers would be introduced to the team’s fans.
Mr Jakkapob urged fans to come to the game: “It’s free entry and it will be a good opportunity for fans to see first hands who will be their next football hero.
“I must say, as manager I am working very hard to get us the best footballers so we, Phuket FC, will go to Thai Premiere League in 2014.”