Ex-Sime Darby Golden Boot-winning striker Karlo Primorac of Croatia, who signed for PKNS this season, has set a personal target of scoring 15 goals. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: New PKNS striker Karlo Primorac is confident he can form a lethal partnership with Patrick Wleh in the Super League this season.
The former Croatian Under-21 player enjoyed a dream debut in the M-League last season – bagging the Premier League Golden Boot award with 24 goals en route to guiding Sime Darby to a runners-up finish and promotion to the Super League.
The 29-year-old Primorac, however, sprang a surprise at the end of the season when he opted to sign for PKNS and compete for a place upfront with the prolific Wleh, who was PKNS’ top scorer with 21 goals from 31 matches last season.
Primorac, though, is not worried about that, saying he gets on well with the Liberian international and that they are both focused on helping PKNS scale greater heights.
“I get along well with Patrick and I think that we could well be the best strike partnership in the M-League next season,” said the 1.88m tall Primorac. “There is no competition between us as we are here to help the club do better this season. I will put the club’s interest ahead of mine ... but I have a set a personal target of scoring 15 goals!”
PKNS certainly punched above their weight last season – finishing eighth in the 12-team Super League and qualifying for the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals after six failed attempts.
PKNS coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan has bolstered the team by roping in former Indonesia international defender Hamka Hamzah and South Korean forward Kim Dong-chan to complement the local talent like goalkeeper Zamir Selamat, Nazmi Faiz Mansor, P. Gunalan, Helmi Remeli and Mohd Lot Abu Hassan.