Orlando Pirates have a confirmed six players currently out on loan, and as it stands leaving the club in search of regular game time elsewhere seems to be working.
In total, 19 players completed a group of departures from the Buccaneers ahead of the start of the current season, with the players below, however, expected back next year.
The opening four rounds of the Absa Premiership campaign has been a good one for the majority, with defender Brian Hlongwa the exception.
Here is how the Pirates loan army is doing so far…
Check out the loan army’s statistics in the gallery above
Life under coach Steve Komphela has gotten off to a bright start for Shitolo, who made headlines during the off season for refusing a loan move to Chippa United, where he had spent the previous six months.
Sandile Mthethwa (Chippa United)
The decision to loan him to the Chilli Boys was taken rather late for this bright prospect, who had spent a few weeks on national team duty during the Cosafa Cup – and impressed. Mthethwa was a regular for Richards Bay FC in the NFD last season and has now earned himself a loan move to a topflight club.
Meshack Maphangule (Chippa United)
It looked like his future would be in limbo when Pirates confirmed he would be put on the transfer list, with a permanent move on the cards. But because he still had three years remaining on his contract, a straight buyout seemed complicated, hence the loan move to the Chilli Boys, where he has settled well.
Thembela Sikhakhane (AmaZulu)
Having been with Usuthu over the last two seasons, the right back stayed on yet again and with his contract set to expire next season (unless Pirates have renewed and did not announce), Sikhakhane could very well make AmaZulu his permanent home.
Tercious Malepe (Chippa United)
Another loan agreement between the clubs that is benefiting the player. He was there last season and has continued like he never left them, briefly, to be assessed by the Pirates technical team in June.
Brian Hlongwa(Highlands Park)
Only just recently been loaned out to the Lions of the North before the transfer deadline. Will take time to adjust having missed pre-season. Hlongwa spent last season on loan at Real Kings in the NFD.