30 Jul '15, 2am

Amid uncertainty of @FootballSLEAGUE and their careers, players are forced to look for Plan B http…

Amid uncertainty of @FootballSLEAGUE and their careers, players are forced to look for Plan B http…

In the space of a year, Hyrulnizam Juma'at saw how fragile and unstable an S-League footballer's career can be. He started last year on a high after signing for powerhouses Tampines Rovers as their first-choice goalkeeper, but all that came crashing down in February, when an MRI scan revealed a benign tumour in his right gluteal region. He spent six months out of the game after surgery. Then, last November, the 28-year-old saw how a string of policy changes, such as an age restriction rule (which was eventually scrapped), Tanjong Pagar United sitting out this season and the merger of Hougang and Woodlands, led to the enforced retirement of his colleagues. That got him thinking of a Plan B after his playing days. Said Hyrulnizam, who has a diploma in sports science from Republic Polytechnic: "A footballer's career is already short, and all these (the changes in the S-League...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/s-league-players-opt-fo...

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