Police goalkeeper Bryan See Tian Keat (pic) is one athlete with brains and brawn – and he plans to use both as he eyes a spot in the national team. For a start, the 26-year-old Bryan has deferred one semester with the John Hopkins University to get noticed in the Super League this season.
Before the season was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bryan was on form.
Even though his team are rooted at the bottom in the Super League, his performance has been lauded by critics. His stellar showing in the 0-1 defeat against defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim was praised by many.
The civil engineering student, who is pursing his Masters via a long-distance online programme, said he wanted to fully concentrate on the game.
“I deferred my studies to focus on having a good start this season, ” said the former PKNP goalkeeper.
“Balancing between studies and football over the last few years has helped me with time management but for now, I’ve decided to focus on one, ” said Bryan, who played for the collegiate teams of the University of California, Irvine and Johns Hopkins University for four years.
“It’s a lot harder now since it’s distant learning.
“I tend to struggle to find answers, coupled with the different time zones, so it’s a little hard to seek help when you need one. Somehow. I managed to get by and I’m pretty close to finishing up.
Just like every footballer in the country, Bryan has resorted to training indoors during the movement control order as he looks to keep himself in peak condition before the season resumes.
“I think when you have your own goal, you’re always motivated to achieve that. The fact that I’m not where I want to be at the moment, is enough motivation for me, ” said Bryan.
“I do read a few books and watch a few inspiring documentaries from time to time, just to add more fuel to the burning fire.
“I do appreciate the time off, I also get to catch up on some TV shows and movies. I review old clips to identify my own weaknesses too.
“Also, I try some new recipes, learn a few skills in video editing, clean, reorganise my room and get back on the Football Manager 2020.”
Although football is first and foremost on his mind, Bryan has not stopped exploring what he planned to do when his career is over.
“I may go into the construction industry, or maybe pursue MBA (Masters in Business Administration) back in the States.
“The choice of pursuing a coaching job is also something to consider, ” he added.