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Selangor coach B. Satiananthan believes national striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (right) has made the right choice by moving abroad to play professional football. - NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM
Selangor coach B. Satiananthan believes national striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (right) has made the right choice by moving abroad to play professional football. - NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor coach B. Satiananthan believes national striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha has made the right choice by moving abroad to play professional football.

The 34-year-old, who played for Pahang last season, has joined Thai League 1's BG Pathum United.

Norshahrul had spent 13 years in the M-League before heading to Thailand.

Despite his advanced age, Satiananthan, who coached Kelantan in the past, said it is never too late for a player to go abroad.

"I've known him since he was 18 years old. He always gives his 100 per cent in training. Although he is already 34, he's still a good player. It is great news that he has moved to Thailand.

"I think he has the discipline to last for another two or three years in top-level football," said Satiananthan recently.

The former national coach expressed hope that others in the M-League, especially the young players, will try their luck abroad.

"Our players should go out and play in Japan, China or Indonesia as it is good exposure."

Norshahrul, on BG Pathum United official website, said: "It's my first stint with a foreign club and I hope to make it memorable by helping them win at least a title.

"I want to achieve something here.”

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