Football: Stags hope Salim can be prised from Rams

Almost two decades have passed since he donned Tampines Rovers' colours as a player.

But Salim Moin could be making a return to the Stags next season as their coach - if chairman Teo Hock Seng has his way.

"We want to recruit him for 2014, but we don't know if his current club are willing to release him," he said.

Teo was speaking last night at Stags Nite, the Great Eastern- YEO'S S-League champions' annual dinner.

Salim, 52, is coming off an impressive season after leading Woodlands Wellington to a fifth-placed finish in the league, after the club had finished bottom in their previous three campaigns.

The former Singapore international, whose contract with Woodlands is understood to run out on Dec 31, could not be reached for comment.

If he does join - with current Tampines coach Tay Peng Kee returning to his general manager role - he is expected to be just one of several new hires, as Tampines look to refresh their championship- winning side.

"I want to bring more aggression into the team," said Teo, who also confirmed the arrivals of striker Noh Alam Shah and defender Shariff Samat.

And even as he admitted that entry to the AFC Champions League would be a step too far for his side, the man affectionately known as "The Godfather" had one target for his team to meet.

"This is not a kuching kurap (insignificant in Malay) club," Teo said. "Your job is to ensure that you bring football entertainment to the next level."

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