Dindin Santiago-Manabat heading for overseas comeback, leaving Chery Tiggo
MANILA, Philippines – Chery Tiggo bid farewell to Dindin Santiago-Manabat ahead of the 2023 English Premier League season as the winger looks set to return to the global arena, particularly in South Korea.
The Crossovers on Thursday night wished Manabat success in her future endeavours, which means she will no longer play for the team starting next year.
“We thank you for the passion and years you have shared with us. All the best, Dindin,” wrote Chery Tiggo.
Sources told Inquirer Sports that Manabat’s camp has yet to enter into negotiations with PVL clubs as she is looking for opportunities in South Korea.
Another source revealed that Chery Tiggo has offered Manabat an extension when her contract expires on Saturday but the veteran “wants to test her abilities as a volleyball player.” professionally.”
6 years with my UAAGI/Foton/Chery family! I am very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful team. Marami akong natutunan from manager, coach, teammate and kasama kayo experience. Salamat 🏻 pic.twitter.com/B39xXOBy6l
– Aleona Santiago (@dindinsmanabat) December 29, 2022
The former National University stalwart has spent the past six years with Chery Tiggo, playing for the Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga since 2016 with a Grand Prix win the same year.
After a high-scoring performance in the 2022 Conference Open Conference, the 6-foot-2 winger suffered an ankle injury, missed the entire Invitationals, and played little in the Reinforcement Conference, where she also participating in health and safety procedures caused her to miss some games.
Manabat and her sister, Jaja Santiago, led the Crossovers to a the first PVL professional championship in history in 2021 when she scored 32 points in a 5-set win over Creamline Cool Smashers in Game 3 win and lose at Bacarra, Ilocos Norte.
The 29-year-old is expected to attract a number of offers from other PVL teams given her skill set and experience, including stints in international tournaments when she played in the Japanese V.League for Toray Arrows in 2018 and Kurobe AquaFairies in 2019. She also saw action with Nakhon Ratchasima at the Thailand Volleyball League earlier this year, with the same team as Mylene Paat.
Paat, who won MVP in the Augmented Conference, is expected to lead the way for Chery Tiggo next season as the team has lost one of its veteran and attacking players.
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