What are the facts?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Petersen’s con­tract with Ajax ex­pires on June 30, 2019 and, although the club could sell him in Jan­uary, they will need to con­sider their po­si­tion on the NFD log stand­ings at the start of the new year.

Cur­rently sat in 11th place, the Ur­ban War­riors find them­selves on the wrong end of ta­ble and, with the tech­ni­cal changes tak­ing place at the club, they will not want to fur­ther un­set­tle the team.

Muhsin Er­tu­gral re­signed from the club last month and has since been re­placed by Dutch­man, An­dries Ulder­link. The new coach has no ex­pe­ri­ence in the PSL and los­ing the club cap­tain mid­way through the sea­son could prove to be costly. The club will not want to find them­selves in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle go­ing into the busi­ness end of the sea­son, and hold­ing onto their cap­tain may prove to be a ne­ces­sity.

Ulder­link will need some time to adapt to the NFD and, more than ever, Petersen will be ex­pected to play a cap­tain’s role for the new men­tor.

In edi­tion 1091 of Soc­cer Lad­uma, the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Lance Davids, re­vealed in­ter­est in Petersen dur­ing the July/ Au­gust trans­fer win­dow, in­clud­ing from Sun­downs, Wits and Ger­man club Werder Bre­men.

A move to Sun­downs was ex­pected to be con­cluded at the time, as part of the trans­fer that saw Mosa Le­busa join the Brazil­ians from the Ur­ban War­riors. How­ever, in the end, Petersen ac­tively de­cided against the move af­ter the Chloorkop-based club signed Reyaad Pi­eterse from Su­perS­port United.

Now, with the player set to en­ter into the last six months of his con­tract, the bar­gain­ing power will swing into his favour, and even if Ajax do push for a move, the player will have to agree to it.

For any deal to be con­cluded, the buy­ing club, sell­ing club and player all have to agree on the trans­fer, and un­less it makes good busi­ness sense for all three par­ties, no deal will be con­cluded in Jan­uary and the player will walk out on a free in just over six months time.

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