Local football star Mark Hartmann said that his move to the Singapore League makes perfect sense considering his international performances with his former club in the past years.
Hartmann, who previously played for United Football League side Global FC, joined Geylang International FC during the SLeague’s transfer window; making him the first Filipino to be signed by a Singaporean squad.
He had 25 total appearances with the Under-23 and senior men’s national football team and notched nine international goals for the Philippines.
“I think because I’ve played there for the last three years in a row in the Singapore Cup for Meralco and then Global – it makes perfect sense for me to play there,” the 24-year-old Filipino-English striker told The Manila Times.
During his last international stint with Global FC in the 2015 Singapore Cup, Hartmann emerged as one of the top scorers of the tournament. He scored three goals all of which were against Geylang in the quarterfinals.
Hartmann said his trial sessions with his new team last week went well adding that he is just accomplishing some paperwork to finalize his move.
“It was good. My first session was Monday then I trained till Friday. I flew back to Manila to fix my things here then I fly back out there next week,” he said.
Hartmann said that he will still be competing for a starting position in the roster but reiterated that his main role is to provide attacking depth to Geylang.
“I was brought in to help them in that department. It’s different there as they are only allowed three foreigners in the whole squad. But it’s good to have competition in the team.”
Geylang International finished eight in the last season of SLeague and is currently fifth in the ongoing season of the domestic competition.