Where Did All The Money Go
Grilled coach Han Lik-Tsun
saved perhaps his greatest transfer coup for last, as he bagged current U-20 forward Chow Ying Lee
, though for a princely sum of over S$4.5 million. "I had to fight the board tooth and nail for permission." Han mumbled, evidently exhausted by the bidding process. "And yes, we overpaid. Probably. But, come to think of it again, who can put a price on such talent?"
Chow's arrival meant that current trainees Martin Torsson
and Zheng Lihai
had to be placed on the block, but the euphoric fans are already certain that the club had made the right trade-off. "We've a home match to help the cash flow, and Torsson probably's worth two million by himself." Chan Lai Teck, the vice-chairman of the supporters' club, said. "Having two local U-20 forwards can only raise interest in the team to unprecedented levels!"
Grilled's deal with Turkish side Galatasaray_ACF was concluded only after a long, drawn-out bidding war with Norwegian Division Six side FK Mørkved, who took the price up from about S$3.5 million to its final level. Grilled had waited for early parties =ZiRoX= (Dutch Division Eight), AT.ALMOGAVERS (Spanish Division Six), FC Kloschüssel (Swiss Div 6), Bäverhult BK (Swedish Div 3) and Hallgale (Norwegian Div 5) to show their hands before making a move, but FK Mørkved's entry sparked an unavoidable price spiral for the former BBrookies trainee.
"Chow arrives with one Golden Boot in the Turkish league already under his belt, stays in Switzerland and Argentina, as well as a brace against Macedonia, making for a quite impeccable record for an eighteen year-old." Chan gushed. "If he can replicate that form here and Mohd Safri gets back to his best, we'll be set to have one of the most exciting attacking tandems in the land."