HAGL sign contract with midfielder Lam

V.League 1 side Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) have signed midfielder Pham Hoang Lam from the V.League 2’s Long An ahead of the new season.

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Signed on a two-year deal, Lam, 25, formerly played for the Vietnam U23 team alongside many of his new teammates.

The signing may so some way to improving HAGL’s putrid defence, which shipped the most goals in the league last season at 53. The side finished 10th out of 14 teams with 31 points.

Lam, who was born in HCM City, has played for Long An since 2013. Long An dropped into the national first division football tournament last year after finishing bottom of the top division.

“It is the first time I left Long An to compete for the mountainous football team HAGL who receive supports of fans nationwide so I am new to the surroundings and I have a little bit of pressure,” said Lam.

“However, I will try my best in my return the national top flight league. I also try to fall in line with my new squad to compete better,” Lam added.

HAGL’s manager Nguyen Tan Anh expressed confidence Lam will help bolster his side’s defence.

Anh also revealed that HAGL are seeking one more midfielder to pair with Lam.

Lam will join HAGL on November 20, before HAGL’s upcoming friendly with Binh Duong.


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