Thailand assistant Darby backs Melbourne’s Sukha to succeed

Thailand national team assistant coach Steve Darby believes Melbourne Victory’s Surat Sukha will succeed in the A-League.

Thailand national team assistant coach Steve Darby believes Melbourne Victory’s Surat Sukha will succeed in the A-League.

The Englishman was full of praise for the 26-year old who became the first Thai player to represent an Australian club when he came on as a substitute against Premier League Fulham on Saturday night.

"I am delighted for Surat, he's a great bloke off the pitch and also an excellent professional," Darby told the Bangkok Post.

"Peter Reid (Thailand coach) gave him his first cap in October and he has got better and better.

"He's a great athlete but mainly I think he stops the other teams star players from playing.

"He did this against both Iran and Lebanon for us and I think Melbourne have got a good ball winner and distributor.

"I think he'll have no problems settling in at Melbourne Victory," added Darby.

"They have excellent coaches in Ernie Merrick and Aaron Healey and their football manager Gary Cole was a great player, an Aussie legend, so Surat's in good hands on and off the pitch.

"I also think he'll get on well with Kevin Muscat - Surat likes to tackle!"