Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) will have a large squad for the 2022 campaign as the Southern Tigers will compete on four fronts with the return of the FA Cup and qualification for the AFC Champions League, in addition to the Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Cup.
The Southern Tigers could potentially play up to 50 matches in 2022 subject to progress to the latter rounds in Cup competitions. Hence, a large squad of quality is needed in order to rotate players and keep the team at an optimum level for all competitions.
There will be players involved in a rotation system that would also see them play for JDT II in order to obtain match fitness and ensure they are ready for the first team at any time. The rotation with JDT II will also help the development of aspiring youngsters at JDT II as they gain valuable experience playing together with more established players, thus ensuring a smooth transition to the senior team similar to the success stories of Arif Aiman Hanapi and Ramadhan Saifullah.
The players involved in the rotation with JDT II remain a huge part of the first team plan for reasons mentioned above, including ensuring high quality and high intensity first team training sessions. Thus, the club are unable to loan these players out.
Alistair Edwards, Johor Darul Ta’zim FC Technical Director
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