As part of the growing numbers of Filipino players here in the region, Justin Baas became the most recent addition to the list after signing for Thai League side Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC.
Looking to strengthen their side with the help of their neighbors, Ratchaburi sealed a deal with Baas which makes him the third Filipino player in the squad with Luke Woodland and Javier Patiño.
The 20-year old Fil-Dutch made the move closer to the motherland after plying his trades with AZ Aalkmar’s youth academy. He will be with The Dragons on a three-year deal.
The Dragons will be looking to rely on Baas’ intelligence as he’s known to play in multiple positions that can exploit the opposing side’s defence and strengthen his squad’s backline as well.
“It feels very good!,” said Baas regarding his move to Ratchaburi. With this move, he’s now closer to home and his family.
“I’m very happy because I can let my family in the Philippines fly over to me so they can watch the games and in my vacation, I can go visit my family in the Philippines.”
The 20-year old midfielder knows that this is not an easy task as Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC are currently in second in the league and are vying for a spot in the AFC Champions League.
“My expectations are that we can qualify for the ACL and if we go on this way, we can win the league.”
Leaving behind a fruitful career in the Netherlands was no simple task as well for Baas as every day, he could’ve been closer to a spot in the first-team squad of AZ Alkmaar.
“It was not easy for me but the players here in Ratchaburi, they let me feel home since the day I come.”
With the rising number of Filipino players in neighboring nations, it only increases the level of expectations for our national team in its upcoming matches.