SINGAPORE - A year ago, Singapore international and LionsXII defender Safuwan Baharudin made known his desire to play in Australia's A-League.
The 22-year-old might just get what he wished for.
Last month, former Malaysia Cup star Alistair Edwards (left) watched Safuwan in action as the LionsXII thumped Pahang, then leaders of the Malaysian Super League (MSL), 4-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Edwards, 45, had already heard rave reviews of the lanky defender, and, after watching him play for the first time, the former Lions striker understands why great things are being predicted for Safuwan.
The former Socceroo, who coached A-League club Perth Glory in 2012 and 2013, says he wouldn't hesitate to sign Safuwan if he was in charge of an A-League team.
Speaking to The New Paper recently, Edwards, who commentated on the match for Malaysia's Astro Arena, said: "That LionsXII game was actually the first 'live' game I've watched in Singapore since 1994.
"I didn't know what to expect from the LionsXII, but I must say Safuwan was very impressive.
"He's one Singapore player I would look to bring to the A-League. I only saw him in that one game, but he looked calm, assured, and was very intelligent with his movement."
Edwards was a member of Singapore's 1993 "Dream Team", alongside V Sundramoorthy, Fandi Ahmad, Abbas Saad and Malek Awab, which just missed out on winning the Malaysia Cup, losing 2-0 to Kedah in the final.
The former striker, who won the Golden Boot in two spells with the Lions in 1990 and 1993, also singled out goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud and defender Madhu Mohana for praise.
"It was nice to see Fandi coaching as well," Edwards added.
"I was really surprised to learn that (midfielder) Aqhari Abdullah is Abdullah Noor's son. Abdullah was a teammate of mine, and I think Aqhari did his father proud with his performance."
After his first stint for Singapore in 1990, Edwards crossed the Causeway and won the double with Johor in 1991, before returning in 1993.
He turned out for Selangor in 1994 and was a talisman at Sarawak as well, helping them to their only league title in 1997.