Myanmar striker Aung Thu has become the latest player to benefit from the Thai League’s (T1) new ASEAN player quota by joining Police Tero.
The 21-year-old leaves Myanmar champions Yadanarbon, a year after he was first linked with a move to Thailand.
The move was confirmed on the Thai League website after reports that a deal had been reached came out of Myanmar.
Tero — previously known as BEC Tero Sasana — will be hoping that the striker can lift the attacking prowess of a side who scored just 42 times in T1 this year, the joint second lowest total.
The Bangkok-based club had a disappointing season, finishing in 14th spot under A-League-winning head coach Mike Mulvey. The signing of Aung is an early indication that they mean business in their attempts to improve on that performance.
Despite his young age, Aung has already won 24 caps for his country, scoring eight times. He came to the attention of many in the region with his energetic performances and goals against Vietnam and Cambodia in the 2016 AFF Cup.
Aung scored Myanmar’s only goal against Thailand in last month’s 3-1 friendly defeat in Mandalay and was also on target in the 1-1 draw with Singapore in June.
In addition to his strikes against Southeast Asian opponents, Aung has scored for Myanmar in Lebanon and also struck a key goal in last month’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.
Aung is the second high profile ASEAN signing since the Thai League introduced a dedicated squad place to players from Southeast Asia.
Australian-born Philippines international midfielder Iain Ramsay is expected to complete a deal with T1’s newly-promoted Prachuap FC once he has completed the Philippines Football League season with Ceres-Negros.
Paul Murphy has lived in Thailand for nine years, contributing to ESPN FC since 2014. He is a former Daily Express (UK) sub-editor. @PaulMurphyBKK