Vietnamese-based Trinidad and Tobago international Hughtun Hector has been forced to leave Sông Lam Nghệ (SLNA FC) after the Club reported that they can no longer afford to keep the talented midfielder for the upcoming 2014 season.
Hector had signed an initial one-year contract with the club and after some top class performances he was given an additional one year extension. Although both parties were eager for Hector to remain at the Club for at least another season, financial difficulties have forced SLNA to part ways with one of their top players.
Hector originally signed with (SLNA) during the 2012 season from local outfit W Connection and it did not take much time for him to prove his talent to the fans and staff. Despite not winning any trophies with SLNA the past two seasons, Hector became firmly entrenched as a fan favorite. He is extremely loved by the technical staff, and is lauded for his awareness, enthusiasm and aggressiveness on the pitch.
At the start of the 2013 season the midfielder had to accept a pay cut in order to remain with the Club (reported at $4,000 USD). But now that the 2013 season has ended, SLNA still finds itself in a situation where it can no longer afford to keep its marquee player.
SLNA has another Trinidad and Tobago international, Willis Plaza on its roster and it's very possible that Plaza may stay-on with the Club for their upcoming season. Plaza however, doesn't enjoy as much prestige as his international teammate, and his future with the Club remains uncertain.
There has been speculation that a few clubs are after Hector's services, with XM Vicem Hải Phòng FC being one of them. And despite the player's denial, it was reported on Goal.com that they are offering him a monthly salary of $10,000 USD, with an extra $100,000 USD as an additional incentive.
In the mean time Hector has left Vietnam and is heading on a short vacation to his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. While there, it is unsure whether the player would link up with his Trinidad and Tobago teammates, who will be en route to Saudi Arabia this Friday for the upcoming OSN Four-nation Cup in Riyadh. One thing that is for certain though is that Hector has definitely left his mark in Vietnam, and there remains a strong possibility we will see the star-man suit up in the upcoming 2014 V-League season.