As the entries closed for the 2013 season of the Malaysian Hockey League, not only were there six entries for the Premier Division, but defending champions KL Hockey Club were also hit for a sixer as six of their more established players left for so-called greener pastures.KLHC were the hardest hit in terms of players exodus with the emergence of a team from Terengganu, reportedly paying mega bucks to lure national players to migrate.
And so far KLHC team manager George Koshy has confirmed that six of his players - Mohd Shahrun Nabil,Mohd Ameerullah, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil, ismail Abu , Fitri Saari and skipper Azlan Misron have left his club.
"We have no choice but to look at securing foreign players. Though in the past we have refrained from hiring foreign players, the exodus has left me with little otions but to look beyond our shores as we need them to replace such high calibre players with the foreign players," said Koshy.
"But nothing confirmed at this juncture as we still have time to name the team and the next month will be used to re-think and look at the options that are open to us."
It is a big risk that Terengganu has taken by signing up top names for they have to wait for the MHC Competitions Committee to determine where they play in the coming season.
A precedent to parachute teams into the Premier Division was first done when UniKL were allowed into the top division and this was followed by the entry of Yayasan Negri Sembilan.
Besides the six, Terengganu have also signed up Jivan Mohan and keeper Mohd Khairul from Sapura.
The other teams from the Premier Division that have confirmed their entries are, Tenaga Nasional Berhad ( who have recruited Mohd Marhan Jalil and Mohd Ramadan), UniKL, Sapura, Maybank and Nur Infasi.
For Divsion One, last years champions and runner up of the President's Cup, Johor and Armed Forces failed to submit theie entries. The four teams in the division so far are SSTMI, BJSS, Uitm and Uniten.
The MHL is expected to commence on March 22 and conclude by May 12.