PETALING JAYA: Versatility is an asset to any player, and Selangor’s Safuwan Baharuddin (pic) believes he has it and aims to flaunt it.
The 29-year-old can play as a centreback, defensive midfielder, central midfielder and even as a striker if needed.
The former Singaporean international said he can’t wait to play in whatever position assigned to him by the Red Giants coach Karsten Neitzel this season.
“I’ve been in the Malaysian League for the last six years. I had to cope with different changes in positions. It comes naturally over the years, ” said Safuwan, who also has played for former Pahang and Lions XII.
“I’ve also been in this situation when I was in Melbourne City.
“I’m professional about it and I don’t complain. At the end of the day, it’s for the team’s betterment.”
Safuwan said pre-season training had been intense as they completed two testings in two consecutive days.
“We had a yo-yo and strength training tests. (yo-yo test evaluates an individual’s ability to repeatedly perform at intervals over a prolonged period of time), ” he said.
“We’ve been doing new training drills too.”
Safuwan, who joined Selangor last year from Pahang, hopes to win one trophy with the team, especially the Malaysia Cup.
“Every year, I hope to do well and stay injury-free. The aim is to win the league, and the Malaysia Cup. The Malaysia Cup is the one trophy I’ve yet to win here, ” added Safuwan, who is also eyeing to qualify for the continental stage.