|By Khalis Rifhan
Arema [ISL], who were still mulling over their two remaining foreign player slots a few days ago, has now breathed a sigh of relief as former Singapore international Muhammad Ridhuan has officially joined the squad for the upcoming season.
Ridhuan was present during the team training on Monday and was full of enthusiasm as he took instructions from coach Rahmad Darmawan.
After the training session, Ridhuan told Goal.com Indonesia that he was delighted to be back at Arema and that the beauty of Malang City and the fanatical Aremania had made it hard for him to join another club in Indonesia.
“I am thankful that it is official now. I look forward to adapt[ing] myself with the new players. I feel that they are good because it is a combination of two teams here, and I have to begin adapting from scratch,” the midfielder said.
Coach Rahmad feels that Ridhuan will play a key role for the club in the new season and he will deploy the Singaporean in his favored position.
“I knew that he is a brilliant player and he will probably be our main man in the right wing," he said.
Ridhuan started his professional career with the Young Lions in the S.League in 2003 before moving to Tampines Rovers three years later. In 2009, he then made the switch to Arema Indonesia, along with former Singapore international Noh Alam Shah.