PETALING JAYA: Selangor have a new leader rising from Down Under. After striker Amri Yahyah left the Red Giants last month, the management have decided to appoint Australian centreback Taylor Regan (pic) as the team’s new captain.
The burly defender is no stranger to the role, as he deputised for Amri in some matches last year.
After steering the team to a third-place finish in the Super League last season, the 31-year-old realises that expectations will be much higher this year.
“Being captain is a privilege, and I am thankful for the opportunity. But my role doesn’t change too much, ” said the defender, who hails from Newcastle, Australia.
“The captain isn’t the best player, the captain doesn’t need to be special. The captain needs to be a leader, needs to motivate the players and show professionalism.
“If my players need anything, I will be the first one to fight for them. This is my job, and I look forward to walking out on Super League matchday in front of our supporters at the Shah Alam Stadium.
“The year 2020 is a year of high expectations, I think. Many people are expecting us to improve on last season and I think the Selangor fans deserve this. I would love to lift a trophy for the loyal supporters who stuck with us through the tough times.”
In all competitions last year, the Australian played 30 matches and scored two goals for the club.
Even though they did not win trophies that year, Selangor can take heart from the fact that they finished third in the league and also qualified for the semi-finals of the Malaysia Cup.
Under the leadership of the Raja Muda Selangor (RMS) Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Selangor have shown progress on and off the pitch.
With their own training centre and also the signing of reputed players like Brendan Gan and Norhakim Hassan and young boys from the Mokhtar Dahari Academy under the National Football Development Programme (NFDP), Selangor are headed in the right direction.
“We have made some excellent signings both for the first team and the feeder side. We have added Brendan, Safuwan (Baharuddin), Norhakim, Rodney (Akwensivie) and Nick (Nicholas Swirad).
“These players come with experience, and can lift us higher. But we also have some outstanding young national team boys.
“We want a trophy, but nothing comes without hard work. I can’t promise a trophy, but I can promise hard work and 100% commitment for the Selangor fans.”
Taylor admitted that Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are still the strongest team in the league, but Selangor will do their best to make an impact.
“Of course we aspire to be the best, which team doesn’t? But the reality is, right now, JDT are ahead of everybody else in Malaysia and even South-East Asia.
“We at Selangor have made some significant steps forward, we are an ambitious club, and we want to improve both on and off the field.
“We will be a better team this season, but we have to work hard now until we reach our goals.”