MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University football star Jarvey Gayoso announced on Wednesday that he will not play in his final season of eligibility for the Blue Eagles, and will instead focus on his professional career.
In a lengthy, emotional post on Instagram, Gayoso said he arrived at the decision "after much thought and deliberation."
"Ultimately, I had to choose what I believe would be what's best for me and my future," he said. "After my stint at (last) year's Southeast Asian Games, God blessed me with an opportunity to play professional football overseas."
"Thus, in preparation for this huge task, I have made the decision to join a local professional team," he added.
Gayoso, the son of former PBA player Jayvee Gayoso, led Ateneo to the UAAP men's football championship in Season 79 and 81. He was twice the league's Most Valuable Player, and a four-time Best Striker.
He stressed that though he is foregoing his final playing year, he fully intends to finish his degree, which he considers "a lifelong goal."
"I have played my heart out for the Ateneo for 8 wonderful years. 8 years that have brought me trials, triumph, and memories I will keep with me forever," he said.
"Playing for the Ateneo has improved every aspect of my life and opened numerous doors for me and I could never thank you enough. Choosing the Ateneo was and will always be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made."
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