SINGAPORE - Many in the fraternity were stunned when Singapore and LionsXII vice-captain Hariss Harun rejected an offer to play for top-flight Portuguese club Rio Ave four months ago.
Over the last couple of months, there has been much speculation the Singapore midfield star would move to ambitious Malaysian Super League (MSL) side Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).
Hariss, 22, has consistently refused to address why he turned down the chance to play in Europe, and the talk of a move across the Causeway.
Speaking to The New Paper last night, he confirmed he had signed a two-year deal with JDT, and insisted he did not turn down Rio Ave because of his recent engagement.
"A lot of people think that I turned that offer down because I was planning to get married," Hariss said.
"But that is not the case. I won't reveal my reasons why, but I will say that I have never allowed my personal life to affect my career decisions. I keep those two things separate."
Moneybags JDT are bankrolled by the Crown Prince of Johor, Tengku Ismail Idris, the club president.
He has hired former Valencia and Atletico Madrid boss Cesar Ferrando Jimenez as coach.
Former Argentina and Valencia star Pablo Aimar has also been snapped up to boost the attack.
When asked if he chose to make the move across the Causeway because of money, Hariss smiled and said: "Money is always a sensitive issue. I'm a professional footballer, money is important, but it is not the main thing.
"If a club sat me down and simply offered a big contract, it doesn't mean I'll sign no matter what.