Although he had already inked a deal with Thai League One club Sukhothai, the Cambodian decided to cancel his contract and head to Malaysia, to make his family happy.
“To be honest, it was an easy decision. I played with Terengganu for two years, and I felt like continuing my journey in Malaysia,” said the French-born Cambodian.
“I am happy and comfortable in this country, and my baby was born here too. My family wanted more of Malaysia, and that is why we decided to go to Ipoh.
“I am excited to join one of the best teams in the league. Perak is a beautiful state, and the people are friendly and warm here. I am looking forward to playing in front of the fans at the Perak Stadium.”
Thierry, who was a key figure for Terengganu in midfield, is expected to take over Brendan Gan’s role in Perak.
The 28-year-old, known for his work rate and ability to break plays with his crunching tackles and well-timed interceptions, said he wanted to help Perak win at least a trophy this season.
“I want to help Perak fight for all the trophies on offer. I want win at least one. Perak are a team that always win a trophy or qualify for a final.
“It is also a privilege to work under coach Mehmet (Durakovic). He is someone who has achieved so much success in Malaysia, so I am looking forward to learning from him.”
The former RC Strasbourg trainee said he was surprised to see the unity in the Perak team although competition for spots is always fierce. He said the players always made time to meet each other for lunch and breakfast.
“It is like a family. Everybody is fighting (on the pitch) and helping each other. The chemistry is amazing, and you can see it every day. I have integrated well into the team because everybody was so welcoming.”
Asked how he wants to be remembered in Perak, he said: “I am a player who would always give my best.
“Every day, every hour, I work for myself, the fans, and my family. Only hard work can bring you far. I want people to remember me for my hard work.”