Orlando Pirates will not be rushed into entering into contracts talks over the renewal of veteran defender Happy Jele’s contract which expires at the end of the current season.
While the upcoming January and July 2018 transfer window period will have clubs scrambling to secure the services of their top players, the Buccaneers are more than confident that Jele will remain with the Soweto-based giants.
The club’s administrator, Floyd Mbele, told Soccer Laduma that the team will not rush into any talks with the defender, but instead will allow the 30-year-old to focus on helping the team finish the season strongly.
“Jele is one of the longest serving players in the squad and we want him to focus purely on the remaining games left in the season,” said Mbele.
“As one of our experienced players we want him to focus on helping to guide the younger and newer players so that we finish as strongly as possible. Once we have wrapped up the season we can then focus on any contractual talks that need to be conducted,” added the Bucs man.
The Middleburg-born defender currently holds the accolade of being the only current PSL player to have played for the same club for over 10-years, since joining the Soweto giants back in 2006, and currently has over a 136 appearances for the Ghost.
In his over a decade long stay with Pirates, Jele has won two league titles, two MTN8 cup, two Nedbank Cups and the Telkom Knockout.
At just 30, should Jele extend his stay at Pirates, then he could be on his way to emulating his former Captain Lucky Lekgwati who spent a whopping 15-years at the club and amassing a 165 appearances for the Black and White.