Singapore international Hariss Harun is poised to join either a Portuguese or Japanese club on a year-long loan, a move aimed at developing the young player.
Hariss’s current club Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) made the announcement on Facebook yesterday, to aid in developing their star player for the future.
In the Facebook post, manager Mario Gomez explained the decision to loan Hariss abroad, saying “I’m sure at his current age, his playing ability will improve if he’s given a chance to play at a higher level.”
“He will be a valuable asset for the club in the future when he returns from the overseas club,” Gomez added. “At the moment it is the best arrangement for the club.”
Speaking to The New Paper, top agent Martin Press backed Hariss to succeed in Portugal.
“He has the right quality, is very disciplined and is a fantastic professional. He is at the right level to play in Europe,” said Prest to the local paper.
The 26 year-old has had a successful stint so far at JDT since joining the club in 2013. Since then, he has helped the club win three league titles, the Malaysian FA Cup and the AFC Cup last season.
As such, Hariss is one the club’s highest-paid footballers with a monthly salary of US$30,000 (S$42,700). With his contract due next year, that amount could potentially rise as JDT looks to secure his services for years to come.
Hariss became Singapore’s youngest ever player to debut for the national team at the age of 16 in 2007.