SUPER Liga teams are playing the waiting game and ready to offer millions, according to a source, as top prospect Alyssa Valdez plays out her final season in college volleyball.
"Alyssa will be playing her final year in the UAAP and it is no surprise that a lot of PSL teams are interested. It's now up to her to pick which team will fit her style. Sky is the limit," a source told Spin.ph.
"The PSL is overflowing with young talents," the source added. "And should Valdez decide to join the league next year, it's going to be a great development not only for the league and to the teams, but to her personal volleyball career as well. Everybody is looking forward to having her."
As of posting time Valdez was unavailable for comment.
The PSL earlier announced that annual contracts are now being prepared for players instead of short-term deals, and the source noted there are teams willing to spend millions to sign Valdez, who, outside of the college leagues, has played mostly in the amateur-commercial Shakey's V-League.
At least three teams have expressed interest and are eager to see the two-time UAAP champion join the draft pool for next year, according to the source.
PSL president Tats Suzara said he is not surprised to hear that clubs are eyeing Valdez this early. The league has a loaded schedule next year, starting with an Invitational Cup in February, All-Filipino Conference in June and the import-laden Grand Prix in October.
Also scheduled are beach volleyball tournaments as well as a possible hosting of the FIVB World Women's Club Championship and the AVC Asian Women's Club Championship.
"No surprise. I heard all teams are ready to beef up their respective rosters next year in preparation for year-round volleyball action. It's now up to her to decide, but there are a lot of teams interested to acquire her," said Suzara.
Valdez played for the Philippine team in the Asian Under-23 Women's Championship in Manila and the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore after steering Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP women's volleyball crowns in 2014 and 2015.
Her UAAP contemporaries such as Myla Pablo, Desiree Dadang, Jen Reyes and Jaja Santiago of National University, Mika Reyes, Cyd Demecillo and Kim Fajardo of De La Salle, Carmela Tunay and Pam Lastimosa of University of Santo Tomas, Nicole Tiamzon and Angeli Araneta of University of University of the Philippines, and Bea Tan, Dzi Gervacio and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano of Ateneo have already gained experience in the PSL.