Thu, Jan 06, 2011
The New Paper
Lim has the looks and skills to thrill

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.

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