Dubbed "The Dazzler" for his skills, V Sundramoorthy was a household name during his playing days.
Now, 15 years into his coaching career, the 48-year-old has earned a reputation for himself as a coach.
In his second season with the LionsXII, Sundram masterminded a Malaysian Super League (MSL) title-winning campaign earlier this year.
Malaysian teams took notice, and no fewer than three clubs offered him lucrative contracts for next season since the league ended in July.
Sundram eventually opted for Negeri Sembilan, who will compete in the secondtier Premier League next year after finishing last out of 12 teams in the MSL this season.
While he is satisfied with the success in the last two years, Sundram said he's yet to hit the peak of his coaching career.
"To be honest, I haven't fulfilled what I want to achieve in my coaching career.
"That won't happen until I become the national coach of Singapore," he said.
"That is, for me, the ultimate test. Even if I last just six months in the job, I can at least tell myself that I've been there."
After his two-year contract with Negeri is over, the Dazzler said he is open to a return to Singapore, hopefully to take charge of the Lions, currently helmed by German Bernd Stange.