Fiji defender Alvin Singh will get his first taste of professional football next season when he makes the move to Australia to represent the APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

The former Ba player signed with the National Premier League NSW team for the 2017 season earlier this week.

“I am really happy that I have been given an opportunity to be part of this professional club,” Singh said.

“It was always my dream to play in a professional club and now that dream has been fulfilled.”

The 28-year-old represented Fiji in this year’s Rio Olympic Games and is confident that his experience and exposure at the international tournament will benefit him at his new club.

“I have learnt a lot in Rio and I am sure to put all those with my new club and do my best to make my parents and fans proud,” he said.

APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC president Tony Racit hopes Singh’s international experience and talent in the backline will be a boost for the club.

“Defensively we were poor last season, and we needed to rectify that, any club with title aspirations cannot be conceding 41 goals,” he said.

“A player who captains a team is a leader and that’s what we want here at APIA, leaders and players who want to wear our jersey with pride and in Alvin we know that’s what we are getting.

“Hopefully he can shore up our defence and play a major part in a successful 2017 campaign.”

The APIA Leighhardt Tigers will take to the field in the new season of the National Premier League NSW in early 2017.

During his stay in Australia, Singh will also play in the Sydney Fijian Competition with the Sydney Dreketi FC.

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