Clough ends three-year spell with DPMM FC

Fadhil Yunus

DPMM FC centre-back Charlie Clough announced he will not be re-signing with the club after three years of service amid the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The defender said, “It’s not the way I wanted my time to end but it’s with a heavy heart that I have to announce that I will not be re-signing with the club. Due to the uncertain times that we are living in at the moment, this is the decision I have made.”

He added, “This doesn’t take anything away from my time at DPMM FC because it has been an amazing experience which has been full of memories that will stay with me for a long time.”

“The ‘boys’ from day one have been incredible on and off the pitch. I could not speak highly enough of them as a group of players and friends.”

The Taunton-born, who played an instrumental role in guiding the club to the Singapore Premier League title in his debut season in 2019, expressed his gratitude to His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Chairman of DPMM FC, for providing him the opportunity to don the club’s colours.

File photo of DPMM FC centre-back Charlie Clough. PHOTO: SHAHIRUDDIN

He said, “It has been a real honour and I’m glad we gave you success of being champions in 2019. The management behind the scene have also played a massive role and I would like to thank all of them for making me feel welcome from the day I landed in Brunei.

The defender said, “Last but not least, I’d like to just say a massive thank you to the fans and people of Brunei that I have met along the way. They welcomed me with open arms and that’s why Brunei will always have a special place in my heart.”

In November 2020, the club received a massive boost after Clough agreed to sign a new contract for the 2021 season.

However, DPMM FC were not able to participate in the Singapore league for a second successive season following ongoing travel restrictions impacted by the pandemic.

One of the three foreign acquisitions under newly appointed head coach Adrian Pennock in the 2019 pre-season, Clough’s defensive qualities were key to three consecutive clean sheets in their opening three matches, as the Gegar Gegar men enjoyed an 11-game unbeaten run.

The former Sutton United player was an ever-present with 23 out of 24 league appearances under his belt where he netted twice. In recognition of his stellar performances throughout the season, he was named in the AIA Team of the Year during the Singapore Premier League Awards.