Former Newcastle Jets striker Harry Sawyer has won his first title in Asia after his club sealed the Hong Kong Premier League title earlier today (Saturday).
An 86th-minute goal to Sawyer’s side Tai Po helped them to a 2-1 win over second-placed R&F in Guangzhou.
The three points put Tai Po out of reach with one round left of the Hong Kong Premier League.
Speaking from the Yanzigang Stadium shortly after the win, Sawyer, 22, said his first season in the league has been memorable and justifies his decision to move to Asia.
“This is my second season in Asia,” a delighted Sawyer told FTBL over the din of celebrating players.
“And when I moved to Hong Kong I moved to a club with so much potential, having finished second the year before.
“We set goals at the start of the season to progress in the AFC Cup, and win the league.
“So far we’ve done that so I couldn’t be happier. I'm delighted.
“Finishing the season and winning the title has been great.”
Sawyer began his career in Brisbane before a spell at the Jets in 2017.
Sawyer left and joined Philippines outfit Davao Aguilas.
He banged in the goals there where he was coached by Aussie Gary Phillips.
“Harry was a total pro. He’ll go a long way,” Phillips told FTBL.
The Brisbane-born 195cm striker then moved to Hong Kong at the start of this season.
He is one of a number of Aussies in Asia who came to the region for game time and a chance to improve their game.
Sawyer’s men next play on May 15 in a crucial game on matchday 4 of the AFC Cup.
It’s first versus Tai Po in second place in a Group I clash in North Korea.
“Now I’ve hit double figures in goals, I want to push on in the AFC Cup and finish the season strong,” added the ecstatic Queenslander.