THE MUCH talked about transfer of superstars Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband to the Davao Aguilas FC of the Philippines Football League (PFL) has been formalized. The brothers signed their contracts in front of team officials led by Chairman Jefferson Cheng at simple rites held at a Makati City hotel recently.
The arrival of the Younghusbands from FC Meralco Manila will surely boost the Aguilas chances of snaring their first win in the eight-team PFL. The Aguilas are currently in seventh place with five points from five draws and seven losses.
“We are happy to welcome Phil and James into our club. Both are quality players and fine gentlemen that will blend well into our club and represent Davao Aguilas with utmost professionalism,” said Cheng. “Our fans and supporters are equally excited about our new signings. I am sure they will contribute not only to Davao Aguilas, but also help us succeed in our vision to promote and advance Philippine football.”
Before recruiting the Younghusbands, team management immediately went to work upon the opening of the transfer window in order to secure the services of Jason de Jong, Simone Rota, Matthew Hartmann and goalkeeper Nick O’Donell. All the mentioned players were at one time a member of the Philippine Azkals just like the Younghusbands.
The fans though have to wait a bit for the new players to debut as their next match is set for September 9. The Aguilas will host visiting Global Cebu FC at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City.
Ironically, Davao’s last match was against Meralco last July 29 in Tagum which served as Phil and James’ farewell match with their team for almost six years. Phil made sure they would leave on a positive note by assisting on all their goals en route to a 3-2 victory for visitors.
Meralco opened the post-Younghusband era with a 2-1 loss to Global yesterday (August 2) at home at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Despite the loss, the Sparks remained tied on top of the league standings with idle Kaya Makati FC with 27 points.