By David Lee
WITH his boyish good looks, shy South Korean Lim Young Woo could easily pass off as a K-Pop idol.
That is, if the Girls Generation fan wasn't watching earnestly from the stands of the Toa Payoh Stadium as his new teammates trained.
Subject to a medical and the mandatory Beep Test, the 23-year-old former Suwon Bluewings defender will helm Balestier Khalsa's backline alongside Paul Cunningham next season.
Describing himself as a "strong tackler who is good in the air; a commanding leader", Lim has set himself high standards for his first foray out of Korea, but that is expected from a player who has featured in one of the best leagues in Asia.
Balestier head coach Salim Moin said: "He impressed us during the centralised trials with his technical abilities and character. He also showed good timing and reading of the game, andhe is a threat when attacking set-pieces.
"Having played in the K-League with an established club, we hope his experience and winning mentality will give us a boost."
Lim is the first player from the S-League centralised trials in November to find a club here.
Former Singapore international Salim also set the target of finishing higher than last season's eighth placing.
"We are looking to be more attack- orientedand play at a quicker tempo. Hopefully it'll pay off and we can improve from last season's finish."
This article was first published in The New Paper.