Laguna gets OJ Clarino back, takes younger bro Gino, Bugas

Gino Clarino will join Kuya OJ at Stallion Laguna. Denver Lachica (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Stallion Laguna was the second club to announce its PFL mid-season transfer window signings by baring that it acquired the services of Pao Bugas and OJ and Gino Clarino.

"We added more speed," Coach Ernie Nierras said in a statement on Monday posted in the club's Facebook page.

OJ Clarino is not actually new to the club as he actually played for Laguna during his first years in the pro ranks in the defunct UFL following his college stint with UST. Clarino played for Cebu last season.

Joining him is his younger brother and fellow ex-Growling Tiger Gino, who led UST to the UAAP men's football final last month, only bowing to a UP side that featured older brothers Popoy, one of Coach Anto Gonzales' deputies, and Ian, who is also set to join the PFL following his own graduation.

On the other hand, Bugas, like OJ, also played for Cebu last season.

Bugas will reunite with fellow FEU alumnus Jhan-Jhan Melliza at Laguna.

OJ Clarino and Bugas are actually the second and third ex-Cebu players that will see action elsewhere in the remainder of the PFL season as Wesley Dos Santos confirmed to Dugout Philippines on May 23 that he is set for a move to Davao.

According to Nierras, two more signings will "be announced tomorrow."

The signings, however, will only be made official by July 16, the start of the transfer window.

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