ARWIND Santos has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2019 PBA season — particularly with the team’s new acquisitions and his renewed pact with the organization that he’s called home for almost a decade.
At 38 years old, the lanky forward out of FEU still shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he shared to the press during Media Day that he’s currently signed for another three years with San Miguel.
For Santos, it was quite unexpected given his advancing age, but he reiterated that he still has enough left in his tank.
“Yeah, hanggang 2021 pa ako. By 2021, siguro 39 na ako. Siyempre nagpapasalamat ako sa San Miguel sa pagtiwala nila,” beamed the former PBA MVP.
“Kasi ako ‘yung pagka-isang taon na lang ang natitira, nagre-request na ako ng dalawang taong extension. So additional two years lang talaga iyon. Kung ako tatanungin mo, kung darating ang 2020, ako gusto ko pa rin makapaglaro. Kahit papaano makahingi or di mabago ‘yung kontrata ko — two years more,” he added.
The former FEU Tamaraw has come a long way ever since he was traded from Air21. It was with the San Miguel franchise where he won majority of his accolades — with seven titles, multiple All-Star nods, and a MVP citation back in the 2013 season.
At his peak, Santos became one of the league’s best two-way players. However, with him already past his prime, he will have to take more of a leadership role instead of being the team’s top dog.
He doesn’t mind though, especially if it means more winning opportunities and faster development for his much younger teammates.
“Ako willing naman ako mag-give way eh. Pag kaming mga ka-posisyunan nila nagagawa na rin nila ‘yung dapat gawin, ok lang ‘yun. Walang problema ‘yun, mag-give way ka,” explained the 10-time All Star.