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Tough decision to leave JDT, says Lions skipper Hariss Harun.

Lions skipper Hariss Harun who announced that he was leaving Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim has said that it was not an easy decision to make.

“This decision was a tough one to make. 

“JDT was more than a club, it was a family that had allowed me to grow and develop, both as a footballer and a person. 

“I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to represent the passionate state of Johor.”

On 10 May, the midfielder made a shock announcement about leaving the Southern Tigers, where he had spent more than seven years at.

Subsequently, it was made public that he was returning to Singapore and will join up with Lion City Sailors for the next three and a half years.

“Remembering my first day here and fast forward to what the club is today, I am truly blessed to be able to witness the transformation of JDT,” said Hariss in an Instagram post.

“Memories that will be with me forever. 

“Friendships were forged with coaches, officials and teammates alike, I learned something from each and everyone of them.”

He also paid tribute to the Johor fans and said he will “hold dearly to how you electrify the atmosphere almost always at the Larkin Stadium and later at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium before the pandemic put a temporary stop to it.”

Hariss will join up with the likes of Gabriel Quak, Diego Lopes and Hassan Sunny in June, after the international break.

Photo: Hariss Harun