KHAIRUL Izuan Abdullah is a man in demand with a host of teams after his signature for the Malaysia Cup after the Police striker emerged as the Premier League top scorer with 27 goals.
Negri Sembilan, Malaysia Cup champions as recently as 2009 and 2011, are the favourites to land Khairul Izuan on loan and the police lance corporal expressed his admiration for Azraai Khor Abdullah's team.
"I received three offers to play in the Malaysia Cup and Negri Sembilan are one of them. They have a good record of giving players a chance to play.
"With several other experienced players in their team, I think Negri are capable of doing well in the Malaysia Cup," said Khairul Izuan, 26, after receiving his Golden Boot award at Wisma FAM in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
Despite Khairul Izuan's goalscoring exploits this season, Police could only finish fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Johor, and failed to emulate their top four finish of last season.
Yet, Khairul Izuan is proud to have finished as top scorer for the first time after scoring five goals more than Marlon Alex James of the Armed Forces.
"I'm proud to get this award and to finish ahead of Marlon is great. Last year I managed just 12 goals so this has been a great year for me," he added.
Terengganu's Liberian striker Francis Doe finished joint top scorer in the Super League with Negri's Cameronian forward Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona on 15 goals.
Besides the individual awards, FAM dolled out RM5.5 million in prize money and incentives to all 26 teams in the top two divisions.
The Super League will be reduced to 12 teams next season with Sarawak, Kedah, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur relegated to the Premier League while Armed Forces and Pahang move up.
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