A familiar face is set to return to his old team under its new identity.
In a post from its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, United City shared the big news that Stephan Schrock has committed to the club for the upcoming Philippines Football League season.
“Having Stephan commit to staying at the new club means a lot not just to the organization but also to the fans. He is the captain and the leader of the team and that is what is needed especially since we are trying to establish our new identity on and off the field,” said co-founder Eric Gottschalk.
“It would have been a big loss for Philippines football if the captain would leave the PFL to compete elsewhere. His commitment to the local league shows his seriousness of trying to make a difference but also his trust in our vision for the club.”
The signing of the Filipino-German midfielder to fresh terms is a huge vote in confidence for United City as it tries to stamp itself on Philippine football. Interestingly, the move also paves the way for Schrock to start his development on the sidelines once he hangs up his boots.
“We had many talks over the past few weeks and Stephan is very clear of where he wants to go: he wants to be able to compete at the highest level and be able to win more titles but he also wants to prepare for his second career once he steps off the field – so our objectives are aligned perfectly well,” added Gottschalk.
“Stephan will not only lead the team on the field as ‘Captain’ but also off the field as a playing-assistant coach/trainer, as a first step to fulfill his ambition to become a fully certified football coach in the coming years.”
With PFL teams now allowed to train amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, the 33-year-old’s impending return to the league is just another piece of good news that to increase the excitement for local football’s return.