All’s well that ends well.
After all that’s been said and done, club teams Pocari Sweat and Bureau of Customs have finally reached common ground as the former is all-set to release spiker Rose Vargas from her existing contract with the latter agreeing to a buyout.
“It’s true (na) may buyout. But I cannot disclose the amount. Nagkaron kami ng last-minute negotiation. Nagkausap kami ng legal ng Customs. They were able to offer us a fair package for Vargas,” shared Pocari team manager Eric Ty.
The past week has been nothing short of controversial for Vargas and her now former team as the terms of her release from her contract (which will lapse on November 30) was contested by Pocari, hindering the spiker from officially joining the Sherwin Meneses-led Customs crew.
According to Ty, he, nor any of his staff and players, have no personal vendetta against the outside hitter as their move to clarify things first with the organizers was just their way of protecting the league by not setting any precedent.
“It was never personal. Hindi naman kami madamot,” he told FOX Sports via a phone call. “‘Yung kontrata lang (sana) i-respeto. Since nirespeto naman yung kontrata, nagkaron kami ng proper resolution for her na hindi naman idiin ‘yung team ko.”
“At least wala tayong precedent na ‘yung players ng V-League pwede tumalon every time may nag-offer ng mas malaki,” he added.
In hindsight, Ty’s stand makes sense as the sport continues to experience never-before-seen growth, causing more and more corporations and institutions to want to field in their own teams in the league.
“Kasi inaalagaan din namin ‘yung future ng V-League. The moment kasi na players get to dictate when and where they can respect their contract, they will have a very chaotic league. Mag-aaway away ‘yan,” the manager further explained.
With nothing but well wishes for his former player in his heart, Ty shares he and his Lady Warriors are ready to move forward, starting with their new prospect who is set to fill the last slot in their lineup: JRU standout Shola Alvarez.
“Right now we’re under negotiations with JRU for Shola Alvarez. The young, very athletic and strong spiker,” he said. “In the end, if you look at it, parang nag gain pa kami. (She is) someone who’s ready and willing to prove herself in practice to earn a slot sa team namin.”
Fresh from the team’s Hong Kong trip, a bonus for notching the Open Conference title earlier this year, the Lady Warriors’ core are back and are looking to continue building a dynasty in the V-League with the help of their 2 foreign imports.
“They (Lady Warriors) have already said their goodbyes even when we left for HongKong last week,” shared Ty. “We’ve moved on. We’ve deleted (the issue of) Rose from our minds and our focus right now is hopefully welcome Shola as their new sister sa team. Pocari is moving forward already.”
Pressed for a parting message for Vargas, the head honcho closed by saying: In fairness naman I hope Rose finds happiness in Customs. Mabigyan (sana) siya ng starting position. ‘Yung hinihiling niya sa amin na hindi namin mabigay sa kanya. Goodluck to her.” — By Mac Dionisio