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Terengganu Lee Andrew Tuck (right) fights for the ball against Kuala Lumpur’s Ryutaro Karube (2nd left) and Mohd Firdaus Mohd Faudzi (left) during the Malaysian Super League at Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium. - MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: Hard-working Lee Tuck is all pumped up to accomplish a double mission – to be an exemplary player and guide youngsters to shine for Pahang in the Super League.

The Elephants have signed Tuck on a two-year deal and yesterday, the Englishman reported for duty with the team after undergoing a mandatory seven-day quarantine upon arriving from Manchester, England.

Tuck, who was a key player for Terengganu in the last three years, wants to make a difference again.

“I have got the experience playing across the world and I’ve spent four years in Malaysia. I’ve got to show a good example, work and train hard. I want to make sure that my game has a positive feedback from the people here, ” said Tuck.

“When I played for Terengganu last season, I played against the youngsters. In this team, we have more young talents, who are fast and raw.

“I’m sure I can help the young players progress. I do not want to just perform for myself but I want to impact the young players too. I want to give something back to the club.”

Tuck said he chose Pahang although there were requests from other clubs in Malaysia, England and other countries.

“I’m clear with what the club want and the role they want me to play in the team. It seemed a perfect fit.

“They’ve a good structure, they have passionate fans. I know some of the players too. Put all together, it seemed the best option.”

Although it was only his first day, Tuck said he enjoyed his training under coach Thomas Dooley.

“The training was fantastic. The team players are friendly and professional.

That’s a culture I look to play for, ” he said.

“I’ve set high expectations. I want to be better every year, and I believe I can only improve as a footballer, ” he added.

Besides Tuck, Pahang have also signed Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero; wingers Hafiz Ramdan, Shahrul Aizad; defenders Ezanie Salleh, Jadid Elias; goalkeeper Zarif Irfan Hashimuddin; striker Abdul Malik Mat Ariff; and midfielder Baqiuddin Shamsuddin.

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