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Selangor retain Malaysia Cup winner Cornthwaite due to fan power

Selangor's surprising about-turn regarding the future of Malaysia Cup winning centre-back Robbie Cornthwaite was the best possible Christmas present, according to the former Australia international.

After announcing that Cornthwaite would be cut for the 2016 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, Selangor changed their minds 24 hours later in the wake of an outcry from fans.
 
Cornthwaite and captain Shahrom Kalam combined for a near impenetrable defence as Selangor produced three consecutive clean sheets to lift the Malaysia Cup for the first time in a decade on Dec. 12.
 
"I'm very happy to be at Selangor in 2016," he told ESPN FC.
 
"To know that I have the backing of the Selangor fans was so special. I've never felt that much support from a support group before. Now it's my job to repay them."
 
Selangor defeated Kedah 2-0 in the Malaysia Cup final at Shah Alam Stadium as Mehmet Durakovic became the first foreigner to win the trophy as a player and a coach.
 
But former Pahang boss Zainal Abidin Hassan is heavily rumoured to be the new head coach for the 2016 season, even though Durakovic has one more year left on his contract.
 
Cornthwaite declined to comment on the coaching situation but did admit that the enlarged player budget for the 2016 season -- reportedly increasing by more than double -- could ensure more success.
 
"No doubt, we will have a very competitive squad," he said.
 
"Hopefully we can push for more silverware again."
 
Cornthwaite added that he would be spending Christmas in Adelaide, enjoying time with his family and "playing some golf" before the 2016 MSL pre-season.
 
"I will definitely enjoy the Malaysia Cup win and the holiday -- and then move on and start again. I'm not satisfied with just one trophy and will be going out just as hard in 2016 to win for the fans."
 
- espnfcasia.com