Bryan sees no problem jostling for Penang’s No. 1 jersey

PDRM's See Tian Keat punches the ball away from JDT's players during the Super League match at the Cheras Football Stadium, March 10,2020. GLENN GUAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: There will be a tough competition for the number one jersey in Penang this new season.

Even though they boast Samuel Somerville, who conceded the least in the Premier League last season with just eight goals, the Panthers have signed Bryan See from Police and Shafiq Afifi from Perak II to bolster the shot-stopping department.

Brian ended the season with the fourth highest save percentage (67.27%) in Super League. He played exceptionally well in Police’s 0-1 defeat against champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last season.

The 27-year-old, who is currently pursuing his Masters in civil engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, knows he has his job cut out.

“Honestly, it will be a much tougher year because playing minutes are not guaranteed, you’ve to earn it. Whenever given a chance, I’ve to grab it, ” said Bryan, who also played for Thai League Three club Bangkok FC in 2019.

“I have to be realistic and go one step at a time.

“I’ve to perform week in, week out in training, and work my way into the starting line up, then being consistent and delivering the goods in matches.

“If minutes are not given, I won’t moan about it but I’ll just keep working hard everyday, most importantly I have to be a team player and support my teammates whether I’m playing or not.

“There’s not much difference among the three of us. It depends on who is the most consistent. I’ve trained with Shafiq during my time in PKNP and I get along well with Sam too.”

Before signing up with Penang, Bryan admitted that Kedah were also keen to get his services.

“I wanted to join Kedah because they are a big club and will be competing in the AFC Cup but unfortunately the deal fell through, ” he said.

“So far, I’ve been having a good time in Penang. It’s a good environment.”

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