LORD Casajeros is keen to make the most of his second chance at University of the East after being welcomed back to the fold by Red Warriors coach Boycie Zamar.
The 23-year-old Casajeros left the school under mysterious circumstances prior to the 2012 season under then-head coach Jerry Codinera, but is relishing a new lease on life to his career given by Zamar.
“Umalis talaga ako pero ngayon, nakabalik ako,” Casajeros told Spin.ph without elaborating on what had led to the parting of ways last season.
What is clear, however, is that he will be a welcome addition to Zamar's team.
Casajeros, a 6-1 forward from Laguna, has been known as a no-nonsense defender who more often than not takes on the top offensive threats from opposing teams.
He also became an unlikely offensive spark for the Red Warriors during the finals of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, scoring 16 points in an 81-68 victory over the defending champion National University Bulldogs.
“Ang hirap ng pinagdaanan ko noong nakaalis ako ng UE," said Casajeros. "Pero since dumating si coach Boycie, binigyan niya ako ng opportunity na makabalik ako.”
Casajeros is expected to be part of the Warriors' UAAP lineup in his final year as a collegiate player, and he's determined to make it count this time.
“Last year ko na ngayon kaya masarap,” he said.