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Prachuap Sign Baihakki Khaizan and Yoo Jun-Soo

Gian Chansrichawla

Football Tribe SEA Editor


The 2019 Thai League Cup winners PT Prachuap have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign. Having already bolstered their attack with the signings of William Henrique and Bruno Mezenga, the side are now out to add to their typically solid defense.

Veteran Singaporean defender Baihakki Khaizan, who impressed with Udon Thani in T2 and Trat FC in T1 over the past two seasons, will join the Killer Wasps as part of their ASEAN quota. The fact that the towering center-back continues to steadily climb the ladder is impressive, given that he will be 36 before the upcoming season starts – but currently he shows no sign of slowing down.

Alongside him, Prachuap have also signed the versatile Yoo Jun-Soo from Pohang Steelers. Capable of playing in defense, midfield, or in any other area needed on the pitch, Jun-Soo is a valuable addition to the side and gives coach Thawatchai Damrong-Ongtrakul impressive flexibility when setting up his system for next season.

Having arrived on Thai shores at Buriram in 2018, signed from Ulsan Hyundai, Jun-Soo featured in every single game as the Thunder Castle went on to win the Thai League, and showed his ability to play virtually wherever coach Bozidar Bandovic needed. He then signed for Pohang Steelers, and started the season as a regular before being sidelined after just seven appearances. This led the Korean to return to Thailand, this time with Ratchaburi FC.

Now at Prachuap, he will be hoping to form a solid partnership with Khaizan and Montenegrin defender Adnan Orahovac, who was critical for the club’s success last season. The Killer Wasps’ current high-mark is a 6th place finish in the league back in 2018, and while it would be an incredibly difficult task to better that result this year, their activity in the transfer window shows that Prachuap is certainly willing to give it their best shot.