Local top club Stallion FC will keep its lineup intact as they prepare for future campaigns, according to its head coach and co-owner Ernest Nierras.
“I’m telling you right now, nobody’s leaving my team. I’ve already allowed that to happen because we want the players to experience the opportunity but we already made a commitment—that going to the national league—that we won’t be releasing players anymore,” Nierras said in an interview.
A lot of players left the team during the recently concluded season of the United Football League among them OJ Clarino and Serge Kaole that joined Global FC while Shirmar Felongco and Jordan Mintah transferred to Kaya FC.
Nierras said that the exit of the said players left them with a depleted 16-man line-up.
He added though that they plan to recruit more players to bolster their team’s preparations for next year’s tournaments that might include the national league.
“Obviously, we are going to add players because we are just 16. But as far as the players that we have right now are concerned, I don’t think we are going to lose players anymore, unlike the previous seasons.”
Nierras also said that they would be utilizing the newly built Alonte Sports Stadium in Biñan as their training ground for the Philippines Football League next year. He said that their organization would be bearing the name of Laguna FC since they will be playing their future games in the province.
From their original home province of Iloilo, which has been their home since the start of their UFL campaign, the Stallions will now be carrying the colors of Laguna.
“As much as we wanted to carry the name of Iloilo, we couldn’t. We are still trying to work with a group that will develop a football only stadium in Iloilo. If that happens,” he said.
Nierras said that for now, the goal is to keep the fitness of his players.
“We already have fitness folders for our players that they will take home with them to make sure that their fitness does not drop. We go from there to prepare for the national league.”