Securing an unbeaten record against local rivals last season, JDT eyes an historic achievement this year. Already clinching the Malaysian Super League title for the 10th straight year with an impressive record of 24 wins, 1 draw, and a goal difference of +85, they now gear up for the Malaysia Cup final against Terengganu and a critical league game versus Penang.
Among the standout performers is 23-year-old defensive midfielder Hong Wan, hailing from Croydon, who turned pro with Wolves in 2019 before joining JDT in 2021. His decision to move to Malaysia brought new experiences, adapting to the humid climate and a unique wildlife encounter, setting him on a professional journey vastly different from his time in England.
Under the patronage of Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, JDT's transformation has been revolutionary. The team's success stems from the owner's commitment, driving the club's ethos of continuous improvement and pushing the players to excel further.
While relishing the successes, Hong acknowledges the challenges of a one-sided league and expresses the desire for tougher competition, emphasizing the importance of higher league standards to bolster their performance in the AFC Champions League. As JDT sets sights on greater achievements, Hong encourages more British players to explore diverse opportunities worldwide for personal and professional growth.