Marck Espejo returns to Japan V. League, joins FC Tokyo

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FC Tokyo's newest reinforcement Marck Espejo. (Photo: Cignal HD Spikers/Facebook)
FC Tokyo's newest reinforcement Marck Espejo. (Photo: Cignal HD Spikers/Facebook)

Marck Espejo is set to spread his wings on international shores once again after signing with FC Tokyo in the vaunted Japan V. League.   

The Cignal HD Spikers, Espejo's mother team in the Philippines, announced the 6-foot-3 spiker's newest professional volleyball stint through social media on Wednesday.   

“Wishing you all the best in Tokyo, Marck! Team Awesome is with you all the way,” Cignal said in a Facebook post.   

FC Tokyo, which finished at eight place with an 8-27 record in the previous season of the V. League, will receive much-needed firepower from the 24-year-old, one of the most prolific scorers in the local volleyball scene.   

This will be the fourth time Espejo takes his talents outside the Philippines, and the second time he sees action in Japan.   

The lone five-time UAAP MVP started his international career in the Japan V. League with Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler back in 2018. He then suited up for Visakha Volleyball Club in the Thailand League in 2020 before taking his talents to the Bahrain League months after.   

In his return trip to Japan, Espejo may end up facing off with a good friend and rival of his in Bryan Bagunas, who is also primed to return to the V. League as he received offers from Oita Miyoshi and other Japanese club teams.   

Espejo, who helped spearhead the Philippines to a silver medal finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, headlines the 20-man pool for the men's national indoor volleyball team which is set to compete in the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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