BRYAN Bagunas has arrived in Japan on Wednesday but he is set to miss the first two games of Oita Miyoshi in the Japan V.League, which starts on October 17.
After his five-month vacation in the Philippines, Bagunas bared to Spin.ph that he is already back in his apartment in Oita for his second straight season as import spiker in Japan.
"Finally nakabalik na nga dito sa Japan. Simula na ulit. Sobrang masaya na parang bigla ko na-feel ulit yung volleyball kasi almost five months ata ako di nakakapag laro ng volleyball," Bagunas said. "Usually lang ginagawa ko dyan sa Pinas is weights training lang."
"May halong lungkot kasi napalayo nanaman ako sa family and sa girlfriend ko," he added.
The National University standout will still have to complete a 14-day quarantine before reuniting with his team.
"As of now kasi 14 days quarantine ako. So hindi ako aabot sa first (two) games namin and we decided na sa pag 3rd game ako ako lalaro," said the Philippine men's volleyball team star, who won silver in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year.
Weisse Adler will face the JT Thunders Hiroshima in back-to-back home games on October 17 and 18 without their Filipino import.
Bagunas is expected to make his 2020-2021 season debut on October 31 against FC Tokyo in Sumida City.
The former UAAP MVP shared that the league will stick to its home-and-away format with limited spectators amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic. But teams will only travel once a week playing back-to-back matches against the home squad.
"As of now hindi ko pa masyado alam yung mangyayare sa league eh. Pero pagkakaalam ko may audience naman daw pero one seat apart pero every week isang team lang yung kalaban namin sa dalawang games," he said.
For now, Bagunas will be making the most out of his 14-day quarantine as he vows to give his all when he returns to the court after a five-month hiatus.
"Una pa lang sabi nila need daw nila ako makalaro on third game namin kasi need daw nila ako doon," he said. "Malaki na din yung tiwala nila sa akin na makakapag-perform ako ng mas maayos kasi alam ko na yung sistema nila."