Sedwyn Ge­orge

Ready to take the step up to the big time

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“I know Pirates were in­ter­ested and, look­ing back at the last two sea­sons they’ve had, me com­ing back and join­ing a club as big as Pirates – with all the stuff cur­rently go­ing on be­hind the scenes – I don’t know… I spoke to a few guys that know the club in­side out and they also said to me, ‘I think you made the best de­ci­sion to join Wits’,” he ex­plains. “The way Wits are run­ning things is good for me, and I want to come home and en­joy my foot­ball – that, for me, was the most im­por­tant thing.”

Ser­bian tac­ti­cian Mi­lutin

“Mi­cho” Sre­do­je­vic was re­cently un­veiled as the new man in charge at the Buc­ca­neers, fol­low­ing the abrupt de­par­ture of Swedish coach Kjell Jon­veret af­ter just six months at the helm. The prob­lem, though, is with more than just the coach, which has been changed eight times since Jan­uary 2014. The play­ers con­tinue to let the team down while pranc­ing around so­cial me­dia as if the on-field strug­gles don’t mean a thing. “Go­ing to Pirates, where there’s ba­si­cally a clean-up job go­ing, as a new player you don’t want to be stuck in that sit­u­a­tion be­cause there’s go­ing to be a lot of pres­sure. I just want to come and en­joy my last cou­ple of years of foot­ball back home,” Pienaar adds. “Wits be­ing cham­pi­ons of South Africa is also a big thing, and for me to come back home and join them is also good for my pro­file. I want to play in Africa and this is a good op­por­tu­nity for me to do that. But also, I’d like to invest my time in the club where there’s a lot of young play­ers com­ing through; I can help along the way with the coach and I think it’s just a good com­bi­na­tion. “I re­ally just came back be­cause I want to play with a smile on my face and make sure that I stay healthy and en­joy it. Ob­vi­ously, com­ing back home is some­thing

I’ve al­ways wanted, and to play in South Africa is also about all the sup­port­ers who I have around the coun­try, many of whom have never seen me play live, so it’s a nice op­por­tu­nity for them to do that.”

Fans would argue of his in­jury

history in re­cent years, hav­ing made just 35 ap­per­ances in the last three sea­sons, be­ing a ma­jor con­cern as they look to re­build them­selves to a com­pet­i­tive out­fit amongst the top four this com­ing sea­son. With Hunt’s side set to con­test across five com­pe­ti­tions – in­clud­ing the league, three do­mes­tic cups and the Cham­pi­ons League – this sea­son, the veteran at­tacker feels man­ag­ing him­self on and off the park will be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor in his out­put. “At Wits, we have a big squad with a lot of good play­ers, so it’s im­por­tant that I man­age my­self. It’s also about when the man­ager de­cides to rest me, I’ve got to take that on the chin and try and see the ben­e­fits. If I don’t play then I’ll ob­vi­oulsy re­main close to the team and help the guys that are play­ing, which will also be a good thing,” Pienaar says.

(Main) Pienaar play­ing for Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in a friendly against Or­lando Pirates, the team he snubbed.

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