United Football League (UFL) first division club Stallion FC has signed up six young members and two foreign players to beef up its roster for the upcoming season.
According to head coach Ernie Nierras, the team will field in this year’s UFL a mix of local and foreign recruits to bolster their chances of clinching the 2016 crown.
“As always we are focusing on developing our local players. Besides our current crop of U23 players, a few more locals will be added soon,” he said.
The team already got foreign players of Filipino descent Josh Grommen, who last played for Brisbane Roar U21 FC in Australia, and ex-York University of Canada striker Terrence Linatoc, along with former San Beda College players Ashley Flores and Shaun Soberano, as well as promising talents Martin Salilig and Rederick Fornis.
Nierras said that they have already finalized their signing of the 27-year old English midfielder Ernest Nesta Qordja from Cheshunt FC and Frank Baring to join local standouts Fitch Arboleda, Matthew Nierras, Nathan Alquiros, Nico Villacin, Jojo Borromeo and Andy Tan.
The club, which was established in 2001 and plays under the local football association of the province of Iloilo, was No.5 in last season’s league rankings with 10 wins, one draw and six losses.
“Preparations are going well. We are now training at the new Biñan Football Stadium. It is a FIFA 2 star football field, owned by the City of Biñan,” Nierras added.
“[There is still] one more we are still finalizing. We may add another foreigner since we still have two strikers coming in for tryouts,” he said.
The Stallion has appointed Steve McCallen and Jermaine Somuyiwa to oversee the team’s recruitment in Europe.
“We have appointed McCallen as our players director in Europe, as well as Somuyiwa. They have been very important in identifying foreign talents for us. Now they are in the process of identifying Fil-foreigners for Stallion to sign,” Nierras concluded.