Hariss Harun may be a Singaporean but it is across the Causeway that the footballer has left his footprints.
One of the most skilful Singaporeans to make an impact in Malaysian football since Fandi Ahmad, Hariss has done well to earn the captain’s armband of Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).
The 29-year-old midfielder, who joined the Southern Tigers in 2014, said he wants his football exploits in Malaysia to be a story that he can share with his children and someday, his grandchildren.
Two weeks ago, Hariss and his wife, Syahirah Mohamad welcomed their third child.
But Hariss had to miss JDT’s first day of non-contact training (following a near three-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic) as he was in the republic, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his baby boy.
Hariss, who hopes to leave a football legacy for his children, said: “I want to give my best for my children, my family so that when they grow up, they know their father has given his best for them.
“Whatever I achieved in football, I hope my children can be proud of it and try to emulate if they have the interest and passion. But I will not push them.”
On his goal in life, Hariss said: “I want to play at the highest level for the longest possible time, try to stay healthy and continue to win titles and championships.”
“It’s so that you can look back one day and say you’ve given and achieved so much.
“You can tell your kids and even the grandchildren one day that you have done so much, tell them about JDT,” added Hariss who has won every major trophy on offer in the M-League (including six Super League titles) apart from the 2015 AFC Cup with JDT.