Geylang International FC

Interview with Joey Sim

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He may not be a regular starter for Geylang International FC this season but Joey Sim, 26, is well known as a solid goalkeeper in the S-League. He first broke into the S-League scene with Sengkang Punggol in 2008 and have impressed many with his shot-stopping skill and handling.

He got his first International cap last year when he came on for Izwan Mahbud when the National Team beat Pakistan 4-0 in a friendly game before the Suzuki Cup of which he was a part of.

A phone call from V.Kanan was all it took for Joey to turn Eagle and he soon found a very welcoming new home at Bedok Stadium.

Tonight, Joey talks a bit about himself.

Playing History

Before my close friends convinced me to play football, I was actually a basketball player. Since my friends were footballers, I decided to give it a try. They asked me to play as a goalkeeper since I had good handling of the ball as a basketball player and I agreed. That was during my time with Guangyang Secondary School.

I impressed everyone then and they asked me to join the school team which I did the year after. From there, I became more interested in football and decided I wanted to play at a higher level.

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The road to Bedok Stadium

In 2005, I went for Home Utd’s COE trial and I got selected. Then the next year I made the National U18 team. I finally made my S-League debut with Sengkang-Punggol in 2008 and moved to Balestier Khalsa in 2010 up till last year.

So when the call from Coach Kanan came, I agreed to come to GIFC. I had some small issues at my previous club but ultimately, I moved on because I know going to a new environment, I can train and improve myself.

I get to play alongside a very good goalkeeper in Takuma Ito and I have learnt a lot from him especially in how to be a real professional. I also get to see where I stand in my goalkeeping standards and it has been enriching.

Thoughts on the team

I personally think the team can be in the top 6 of the First Tier table of this round. I feel it is the injuries we had to our first-choice players that pulled the team back. In the changing room, everyone is happy and given that most of us are young, we bond very well. If we can keep this team for 2 to 3 years, this team can be up there in the league.

Thoughts on opponents

Courts Young Lions is a young team and raw but we cannot underestimate them. According to our form now, we should be able to win without a sweat. We managed to beat league champions Tampines Rovers and after that we got a good win last week against Warriors FC.

Thoughts on Future

I give myself another 4 years until I reach 30. I will work hard to try to make it to the National Team again and get regular first team football. If I manage it, I will then think of prolonging my career. If I don’t, then maybe I will retire early like Lionel Lewis. Even then, I will still want to be involved in football.

Family

Every since I made the National U18 team, my family have been very supportive of my move to be a professional footballer. My family and friends got very excited and they will come to my matches to watch and support me. Until now, whenever I am down, my family will back me up and encourage me.

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