Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim revealed that Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) are in talks to send their President Cup squad to play in the Singapore Premier League (SPL) in the near future.
In a Nindia Bola segment with Hafizal Hamad and Zulhelmi Zainal Azam on Sunday, the Crown Prince of Johor said he wanted to see his Under-21 team get some much needed game time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President Cup, along with the Under-19 Youth Cup, was cancelled in 2020 and its 2021 season was postponed indefinitely.
"We have put a lot of investment into our grassroots development [and always tried to improve it].
"Now we have been discussing with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to send JDT III to play in the Singaporean league.
"We want to give more competitive games to our young players because right now they aren't getting that many in Malaysia," he said.
The SPL is no stranger to having foreign teams competing in Singapore, notably with Japanese side Albirex Niigata's satellite team and Brunei's DPMM FC winning the last six league titles.
Malaysia also had a SPL team in the past, with Harimau Muda playing from 2012 to 2015 as part of an interleague arrangement that saw Singapore's LionsXII compete in the Malaysian Super League.