Former Metfone C-League champions Phnom Penh Crown FC has announced the first of what is expected to be a host of new signings for the upcoming league season.
The club announced yesterday that American defender Jonny Campbell had put pen to paper ahead of the impending 2018 C-League season.
He scored a goal in his second friendly match against Malaysian Club Terengganu on Tuesday and put in a fine performance to help his new club to a 2-1 friendly win over the Malaysian Premier League tourists.
The centre-back most recently turned out for with lower league Thai outfit Chachoengsao FC in 2017. Before his time in Asia, he had spells at Miami City, Charlotte Independence and Philadelphia Fury.
Also on the radar, and expected to be signed up, is former Leicester City prospect Jorrin Nemiah James John (JJ).
The Englishman, a promising youth international, is equally adept as a winger and a striker. If signed, he will look to fill the massive void left by departing league MVP contender Shane Booysen. In 2011, he signed an 18-month deal with Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United, although was swiftly shipped out on loan. In 2014, he returned to England to sign for Corby Town. He soon moved to Nuneaton Town before Slovenian club NK Domžale secured his services.
After missing out on the 2017 play-offs, Crown have signed up Iranian import Pouya Hossein from PSM Massakar FC of Indonesia.
Coach Sean Sainsbury has let Anthony Aymard, Gi sung Yeon, Yuta Suzuki and Booysen leave the club as well as a number of Cambodian fan favourites.
Sainsbury has been charged with attempting to resurrect the former champs after two dismal trophyless seasons.