Ok now that Ive got your attention, let me introduce to you, (drum roll please) Luke Woodland! As I hear the collective sighs of Filipino fan girls all over, lets find out who Luke is, shall we...
To be fair, there are no Football Manager moments ala Phil Younghusband or Dan Palami discoveries this time. Luke's justifiably proud father has actually reached out to the Philippines' premier football site, Usapangfootball.proboards.com and its rabid members for help with an introduction to the powers that be at PFF. His father has also mentioned that a previews 'unofficial' attempt was made to reach out to the PFF but did not come to fruition. But first things first . Who is Luke Woodland?
The basics: Luke Woodland is a British citizen born on 21/7/1995. His father is British and his mother is a Filipina from Daet, Camarines Norte. The family has been based in Abu Dhabi and England since Luke had been born. According to Luke's father he has represented England in the U16's and now U17. He is also progressing well in his home club, Bolton Wanderers FC where he has gained a scholarship and plays for the clubs U18's. At this time, he has just been selected for the Reserve Team Squad.
He has had 5 International Apps. His last international appearance was in the Nordic Tournament.
Some of you might be rolling your eyes right now saying, oh no not another one. But allow me to remind you, the Bolton Wanderers happen to belong to the Barclays Premier League(Yah I know they're in last place right now and probably end up relegated) but no one can deny that English soccer is a cut above most and although it's premature to compare Luke to the, Greatwich, Younghusband's, Hartmann's etc, English football has impacted Philippine football immensely, who knows what Luke can contribute?
Oh by the way he plays Central Mid and can play Center Back. At 16 years old he stands at 184cm or for you Americancentric's thats 6ft tall! So maybe 5-8 years from now we have Jacques Van Bossche and Luke Woodland at CB winning the 3rd round of the World Cup? Hey, just sayin'...
* If you are reading this and have access to Dan 'the Man' Palami or anyone else who Luke's father can talk with that has the RIGHT CREDENTIALS, please leave a message, message me at @WikingBK or log on to usapangfootball.proboards.com search for Luke Woodland and PM his father.