Lion City Sailors defender Tajeli Salamat has joined Geylang International on loan for the remainder of the Singapore Premier League (SPL) season. 

The versatile 28-year-old who can play anywhere across the backline joined the Sailors in the club’s inaugural SPL season, after a successful 2019 that saw him help the now-defunct Warriors FC to a runners-up finish in the Singapore Cup. 

Tajeli was part of the Sailors’ Class of 2021 that won the club’s first SPL title, with Kim Do-hoon’s men edging past Albirex Niigata (S) only on the final day of what was an exciting domestic football season. 

His performances across 2021 earned him a call-up to Tatsuma Yoshida’s national squad for the year-ending AFF Suzuki Cup campaign that saw the Lions play their way into Singaporean hearts with a blood-and-guts performance in their semi-final loss to Indonesia. 

Tajeli has made 36 appearances across three competitions for the Sailors, contributing two goals in the club’s inaugural season.