Younger generation to be given time
Singapore Vipers is looking to develop a new set of core players, with the local amateur football club expecting to offer more leadership opportunities to its youngsters both in the first and académie sociale teams.
A key member of the old core, Tse Yang has
pledged his commitment to help the Vipers for
the rest of the season.
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The process will take time, but it is a step deemed necessary by Vipers to ensure the longevity of the club in the football scene. Speaking for the first time on squad matters since the Island Wide League ended last month, a club spokesperson confirmed the management’s intention to blood its youngsters in higher profile games this season.
Club chairman John last week announced that several members of the old Vipers core team including Addie Tan, Mark Koh and Kelvin Soh have volunteered to take a back seat in order for the new generation of Vipers players to break through, at the same time signalling their ambition to help their childhood team Eastern Vale FC achieve greater things.
“I can confirm that. I fully respect the players’ decisions, and I would like to thank them whole-heartedly for every contribution they have made to Vipers as a club so far,” said John.
Old core still have role to play
“They have played key roles in our past successes and achievements to date. We would not be where we are without them. There is still a big part to play for our seniors in guiding the next generation even if they come less regularly than before.”
Adding that the club is not expecting instant success this season, the gaffer says he hopes to lay the foundation for whichever manager takes over his position when he steps down from handling team matters.
“I would like to reaffirm that we do not want Vipers to be a single generation team. We are hopeful that Vipers can stay for a longer term, and that young players can share the same joy of playing for this club in the future.”