Star midfielder Mark Hartmann will join talent-laden Global FC, the United Football League club confirmed on its official website.
InterAKTV reported last week that Hartmann has asked for a release from the Loyola Meralco Sparks due to his desire to play for another club. Global emerged as one of his rumored destinations, but team management denied it initially.
Global eventually confirmed the acquisition of Hartmann along with other newly-signed players.
“We are happy to have signed such quality players who will certainly play important roles in our bid to win more trophies,” Global owner Dan Palami told the club’s official website as the squad prepares for the quarterfinals of the 2013 Singapore Cup.
“I am sure that the Global supporters will welcome them with open arms.”
Hartmann won’t be able to suit up for Global in the Singapore Cup due to his stint with Loyola in the same tournament this year.
Aside from Hartmann, Global also acquired Stallion Sta. Lucia striker Rufo Sanchez on loan just for the duration of the Singapore Cup.
Global has also signed defender Emil Muncada, who suited up for Pasargad, and former Loyola Under-19 players Amani Aguinaldo and Paolo Bugas.
Hartmann will join the formidable lineup of Global, which boasts of imports Ben Starosta, Izzo Elhabib, among others, as well as a handful of national team players.
Global, which finished as a runner-up in the UFL last season, is set to face S.League side Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota (DPMM) FC in a two-legged quarterfinals series on July 24 and July 27 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.