As reported in the latest Soccer Laduma, Orlando Pirates are in advanced negotiations to extend Happy Jele’s contract, and now the Buccaneers have been encouraged by one of their former players to tie down the experienced defender.
Jele will see the latest one-year contract extension he signed last year come to an end in less than two weeks’ time.
In edition 1228 of Soccer Laduma, the player’s representative Jazzman Mahlakgane confirmed that negotiations with Pirates are at an advanced stage for the centre-back to remain with the team for the upcoming 2021/22 campaign.
With the Middelburg-born player expected to be handed another one-year deal to continue leading the team in the DStv Premiership and CAF Confederation Cup in the new season, former Pirates defender Tonic Chabalala believes that Jele has more than just one season left in his legs and that his experience will be vital for Bucs’ progress in the new season.
“For me, Happy can play for another two to three seasons and do well. I don’t think these one-year contract extensions are good for a player of his calibre, he deserves more than that. That could affect him to think that he is one-season (contract extension) player. A new two-year contract for him would make sense to me,” said Chabalala.
“Happy is still a good player and is experienced. His presence in the current squad is a motivation to the younger players. For any team to do well, there has to be proper guidance on the field and that is what Happy bring to Pirates. Happy has been tried and tested and is good to have in the team to guide the young players, especially in trying times and when things aren’t going well for the team,” Chabalala added.
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