Just as one player with Filipino-Danish descent moves from one team to another, so does the other player of such descent playing for the senior national football team.
A few days after Dennis Cagara made the switch from FSV Frankfurt to Karlsruher SC, Philippine International Jerry Lucena made the announcement on his twitter account (@jerrylucena21) that he will be leaving his club for the past five years, AGF, to return to play for Esjberg FB (EfB), signing a two-year deal to join the newly-promoted Danish Superliga side. This was after the defender / midfielder and AGF agreed to mutually terminate the contract to allow his move to EfB to take place. The contract Jerry signed with AGF was to expire in 2013.
He indicated on his tweet that Esjberg was his hometown club, spending his early career with them from 1999 as an 18-year old until 2007, moving to AGF where he helped them last season secure 5th spot and a place in the UEFA Europa League. Now 31, Jerry is expected to provide veteran leadership and influence on a relatively youthful side that just concluded its season running away with the Danish 1st Division title.
In addition to his experience, according to former club teammate and now EfB head coach Jess Thorup, he values Jerry's versatility in playing both the midfield and defense, which is something Filipino fans saw for themselves during the friendlies against Indonesia and Guam. He adds that he can win balls for you and considers Jerry to be a very good team player, in a statement released by the team. As for his former team, AGF released their own statement, thanking him for the five years of service he put in for the team both on and off the pitch. A highly professional individual, he always put the team first, something that the team will attempt to replace.
Jerry is one of the players Coach Hans Michael Weiss hopes to count on for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup later this year.