Port FC have added prolific striker Rolando Blackburn to their squad as they push for the Thai League title. The Panama international joins on loan from Bolivian Primera Division side The Strongest after scoring 20 goals in 26 appearances the previous season.
The 29 year old has spent the majority of his career in South America and Central America having played in Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Bolivia. The only time Blackburn has played elsewhere was during 2012 and 2013 where he spent two seasons at Slovakian slide FK Senica, playing 41 league games and scoring 15 goals.
Rolando Blackburn is joining Port FC at an interesting time as there seems to be a shake up to the club’s forward line. Ex-Port striker Josimar has also joined from Police Tero FC. The Brazilian has spent spent the 2017 season at the club and showed decent goal scoring form scoring 13 goals in 28 games. Since then Josimar briefly returned to Brazil before returning to Thailand with PTT Rayong FC and Police Tero FC.
These two new striking additions mean that the club’s most expensive player Dragan Bošković will likely be left out of the squad for the second leg of the season of the Thai League, due to the regulations on the number of foreign players. Leaving Dragan Bošković out of the squad would have been unheard of at the start of the season, however poor form and very little return in goals have forced Port FC’s hand. Bošković is likely to be signed to a very large wage and would command a heavy transfer fee meaning that it is very unlikely any club in the Thai League will come on him. This would mean one of the league’s most high profile players will be limited to only playing Thai FA cup games.