Philippine national men’s football team member Simon Greatwich has opted out of his last year in college in the United States to focus playing for United Football League side Loyola Meralco Sparks next season.
The Filipino-British Greatwich has been playing varsity football for Hartwick College before signing with the Sparks last January.
“It’s very tough to say goodbye to the boys and to Hartwick,” Greatwich told the school’s official website. “But it’s an incredible opportunity and one I might not get again.”
Greatwich, however, will still pursue his studies at Hartwick, where he is just a few credits away from completing his degree in Business Administration.
“Simon is committed to finishing his degree,” Hartwick coach John Scott said. “There’s nothing more pleasing to me as a coach to know that this is a priority for him.”
The Sparks, meanwhile, welcomed the development on one of their marquee players.
“Simon is a good player,” Sparks president Randy Roxas told InterAKTV. “I’m certain he will provide the club with deeper options once the new season begins.”
The Sparks, led by brothers Phil and James Younghusband, finished third in the League play last season.