Karl Decena, InterAKTV
While star striker Rufo Sanchez is still the subject of o tug-of-war between two squads, the other half of Stallion Sta. Lucia’s Spanish duo has found a new home.
Defending United Football League champion Stallion released top defender Joaco Cañas to the Loyola Meralco Sparks, both teams announced on Wednesday.
“We will be signing Joaco. We agreed with Stallion this (Wednesday) evening on the transfer,” Sparks Vice Chairman Randy Roxas told InterAKTV.
Roxas said that Cañas will be a big boost to the Sparks, especially on the defensive end where Loyola has had issues during the past two seasons that saw finish third each time.
“Joaco is a quality player and a professional. He will give us more options on our backline,” Roxas said.
Aside from Cañas, Loyola also secured the services of former Stallion players forward Lee Joo Young and midfielder Lee Won Hyung.
Cañas arrived in the country to join Stallion last year together with fellow Spanish player Sanchez, his teammate in Spain’s third division side CF Internacional de Madrid.
They helped Stallion win the Cup and League titles last season.
Cañas expressed on Twitter his excitement to join the Sparks.
“I am happy to announce that i will be @MeralcoSparks player this coming season. Really excited to wear my new jersey soon,” Cañas wrote on his account.