PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya (PJ) City are planning a major revamp after their Super League debut ended miserably last season.
Some of the plans of The Phoenix include reducing the average age in the team and moving their base from Nilai to Petaling Jaya.
Last year, PJ City finished eighth in the 12-team Super League; reached the third round of the FA Cup; and failed to get past the group stage of the Malaysia Cup.
Petaling Jaya (PJ) City secretary-general S. Ganesh said they would emphasis more on the youths in the new season.
He also said that team had to let go of their Brazilians – Washington Brandao, Elizeu Araujo, Pedro Henrique, Sergio Filho, and South Korean Bae Beom-geun.
“We’ll let go 70% from the previous squad to blood in new players. Our President’s Cup and Youth Cup players did well last season so we are looking at fast-tracking some of the talents to the senior team, ” said Ganesh.
“We plan to lower the team’s average age because we want to retain the squad for a longer period and build on for the future.
“Our President’s Cup and Youth Cup players will be housed in an apartment in Petaling Jaya as the team will be training in Universiti Malaya.”
“We have identified several youngsters from other teams as well and at the same time we are also looking at seasoned players in the Super League who still can be a part of our future plans.”
Ganesh said they have signed up former Selangor coach P. Maniam to assist head coach K. Devan for the new season and the team are currently scouting for new imports.
“We also have several foreign players in our shortlist... I believe we’ll have the candidates ready by the end of December, ” he added.
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