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Mark Hartmann returns to United City

After bouncing around three clubs last year, Mark Hartmann just re-signed with United City.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Mark Hartmann is set to make a comeback to United City as the club announced his signing on Monday night.

"We are excited to bring additional firepower to our front lines through the services of Azkals forward Mark Hartmann," the club said in a statement.

Hartmann previously played for the team when it was still known as Ceres Negros during last year's AFC Champions League qualifiers.

Hartmann never got to play in the PFL, though, as Petaling Jaya signed him up for the Malaysian league season.

But after just three matches for Petaling Jaya, Hartmann transferred to domestic rival UITM, where he appeared in six matches.

Hartmann was well known for his stints with Loyola and Global Makati in the defunct UFL before embarking on a journeyman career overseas that also saw him play in Singapore for Geylang and Thailand for multiple Thai League 1 clubs.

The 28-year-old striker has also been with the national team since 2011.

Hartmann highlights the partial list of United City's additions for its 2021 campaign highlighted by its maiden stint in the AFCCL group stages.

United City announced over the weekend the acquisitions of Andreas Esswein, Kieran Hayes, Ryan Jarvis, and William Grierson.

Hartmann is expected to help fellow veterans Stephan Schrock and Bienve Marañon mentor the club's young core that also has Anthony Pinthus, Jordan Jarvis, Cholo Bugas, and Miggy Clariño.

"We are excited about the experience Mark brings to the team which will be a great benefit to our younger players," United City further stated.

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