As announced in the Facebook page of the Davao Aguilas Football Club, Australian striker Harrison Sawyer will be loaned to Tai Po FC of the Hong Kong Premier League for one year. This marks the first ever international loan transfer from the Philippines Football League.
The 21-year-old center-forward from Brisbane started his career with North Star FC before transferring to the Peninsula Power. He then played for Western Pride in 2015 and the Brisbane Roar Reserves the following year. Before returning to Western Pride in 2017, he made his professional debut with the Newcastle Jets of the Australian A-League and appeared in five games. In his latest stint with the Pride, he scored 15 goals in seven games including hat tricks in four of those matches.
His brilliance on the pitch was then noticed by former Aguilas manager Gary Phillips who then signed him on July 2017. During the PFL’s inaugural season, Sawyer was the Aguilas’ top scorer with ten goals in 16 games. However, the team struggled with only four wins and ten draws to place seventh out of eight clubs. In the 2018 PFL season, he scored three goals: one against Global FC and two against JPV Marikina in separate matches.
Sawyer showed his appreciation for the Aguilas via his Instagram account. His post reads: “The last 12 months has been an unreal experience, I owe a massive thank-you to the the people of @davaoaguilasfc. Maraming Salamat, until we meet again”.
The 6-foot-5 striker will join Wofoo Tai Po FC which won the second-tier Hong Kong First Division League in 2015-2016. The Lee Chi Kin-coached squad also finished second to Kitchee Sports Club in the 2017-2018 Hong Kong Premiere League season with 11 wins, four draws, and three defeats. Their runner-up finish merited a Preliminary Round 2 qualifying play-off in the East Asia Zone for the 2019 AFC Cup which is Tai Po’s first AFC Cup appearance in eight years.
Sawyer will be a boost in the front for Tai Po which already has sensational Brazilian forward Igor Sartori who is the league’s fifth-highest scorer last season with nine goals. He is expected to fill the void left by Dhiego De Souza Martins who jumped ship to Kwoon Chung Southern FC.
Sawyer is still completing his Bachelors Double Degree in Exercise and Movement Science/Business Economics at the Queensland University of Technology.
Photo credit: Harrison Sawyer Instagram Account