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Thai Defender Davis Joins Port on Loan

Port FC have declared a statement of intent in their quest for their maiden Thai League 1 title after they have signed Thailand U-23 international defender Ben Davis on loan from EFL League One side Oxford United.

Having starred for the Changsuek in this year’s SEA Games, Davis found limited opportunities with Oxford, with whom he joined from Fulham last August. The 21-year old defender only made one senior appearance for the U’s since arriving and he’s keen to move elsewhere temporarily where he could guarantee himself some playing time.

Oxford manager Karl Robinson had this to say about Davis regarding his loan move, as quoted from the club’s official website, “Ben is very talented and technically very gifted. He needs to show that on a regular basis in competitive first-team football and this will be a good chance for him. He has international ambitions and this will hopefully help with that as well.”

Davis is in his final year of his two-year contract with Oxford and has featured prominently for the U’s during pre-season, scoring once in a friendly against Hungerford Town. He will join an ambitious Port side who had disappointed many in the 2021/22 season, where the Lions of Khlong Toei, touted as title challengers, ended up finishing eighth on the league table.

Port chairwoman Nualphan Lamsan loosened her purse-strings once again in her quest for league success with Port, replacing head coach Jadet Meelarp with former Philippines head coach Scott Cooper as well as bringing in former Gyeongnam FC striker Negueba into the fold. Port had also brought in former Nongbua Pitchaya duo Airton and Hamilton, with the two Brazilians having impressed for the Gamecocks in their maiden season in the top-flight, as well as appointing Tanaboon Kesarat as their new captain suceeding David Rochela.