Former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar says he thought his Premier League Career was over before explaining why he joined Sunderland.
The 34-year-old had been closely linked with a return to the Premier Soccer League – with Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns interested in his services – but joined his former boss at Sunderland last week Friday.
“When I was back home in South Africa I thought that could be it for me so when the opportunity came up to come back, it was great and exciting,” he told The Guardian.
“I didn’t play a lot of games last season so it’s about getting back to the level I know I can play at. That will come with playing games.
“At the moment, though, I’m struggling towards the end of them, getting tired.”
Pienaar, who already made his debut during a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, also touched in his role as one of the oldest players in the Sunderland squad.
“It feels quite strange to be playing with someone who is half my age like Joel Asoro,” he added.
“I feel like a dad to some of them – and already I’m one of the senior players, even though I’m new and still getting to know everyone.”
Sunderland's next Premier League game will be against Southampton on 27 August.
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