Singapore international Hariss Harun admitted that Johor Darul Ta’zim’s ambition for success was a key factor in signing a new contract.
The 25-year-old midfielder penned a new two-year deal this month to stay in Malaysian Super League despite being tipped to move to the bigger clubs, especially having been linked to a J-League trial.
“I had no other concrete offers. There were talks of Japan but I knew very little of it. I was pleased JDT wanted to retain my services and seeing the club’s ambition, it was a right place to be,” he told FourFourTwo.
“What the future holds beyond this extension is something we’ll have to wait and see. I’m always trying to improve myself to take the next step. In terms of having a continental platform to play in, JDT offers me just that.
“I’m very happy how things have evolved at JDT. The club is very ambitious and provides a good environment for footballers. We have already won the AFC Cup and we need to push ourselves more and hopefully get into the Asian Champions League next year.”
The former LionsXII star also believes that the recent success of Johor Southern Tigers in both continental and domestic levels could set a trigger for a Malaysian football revival.
“Look, the AFC Cup win was the first for Southeast Asia. Other teams from the regions may feel that if JDT could do it, so can they,” Hariss added.
“I reckon the MSL teams will also strive to improve because of this. Our success could spur other teams to challenge us. It will only make everyone put in more effort so they could be on par. I reckon they wouldn’t want to left behind too. This will improve MSL’s quality as well.”