POCHOLO Bugas, who steered Far Eastern University-Diliman to a record 10th straight UAAP high school football championship earlier this year, has made a huge career jump by joining United City FC.
By signing his first professional football contract that will forego his collegiate stint, Bugas, who ended his juniors tour of duty by winning the Season 82 MVP, is ready to make an impact in the club formerly known as Ceres-Negros FC.
"First of all po blessed and I feel overwhelmed. Really excited kasi madami akong matututunan sa mga magagaling na makakasama ko," said Bugas, who was also called up to represent the Philippines' under-23 team in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year.
Nonetheless than skipper Stephan Schrock, the Philippine Sportswriters Association's Mr. Football awardee, has high hopes on what Bugas can offer in his future with UCFC.
"I saw him at the SEA Games and I saw a lot of similarities with him and OJ (Porteria) and with me. He really has a huge potential and he’s a very good work ethic. He’s very eager to learn," said Schrock, who was influential in getting Bugas.
"We saw him in the UAAP season and he was head and shoulders above everyone else. I think its a good way to train with us to get adjusted to the senior level. I will help him on and off the pitch to adjust to the whole new situation," he added.
"He could be a big big surprise for bring in new era of his age group to the league besides of the Azkals Developmental Team (ADT). He’s all in all a very good kid and a smart kid the biggest talent right now."
Bugas, who scored 11 goals total in his last two UAAP high school seasons, has no regrets of making a move to skip college.
"Yun nga po e. Pero gusto ko pa maglaro doon pero sayang yung oportunidad baka mawala. Mahirap kasi yung football din dito kaya tinuluyan ko na yung pagiging pro," said Bugas.
"Hindi na po ako mag-FEU pero undecided po ako kung san ako mag-aaral. Tapos ngayon online yung classes, mahirap po kasi mahal yung tuition tapos online lang. Pero soon, babalik din po ako para mag-aral," he added.