Bidvest Wits’ Gavin Hunt has explained why he’s dropped Darren Keet to the bench, saying that he’s doing ‘what’s best for the football club’ amid contract talks.
Keet will see his current deal with the Clever Boys expire at the end of this season after a successful three-year stay, and it is thought that he has his heart set on playing overseas once again.
Talks between the player and the club have been ongoing for some time now, but as things stand he is set to leave as a free agent on July 1, and Hunt says that his possible exit has led to his decision to start Ricardo Goss over ‘Popeye’ in their last three matches in the Absa Premiership.
While the Bafana Bafana international will be disappointed not to be playing for Wits as they keep up their title challenge as the season comes to an end, Hunt believes that Goss needs time to play in case he takes the number one spot from Keet for the 2019/20 season.
Speaking to the media after beating Black Leopards 3-1 last night, Wits’ head coach said, “The situation is that Darren hasn’t signed a new contract… His people and our people are talking, and they haven’t come to an agreement. I’ve been told to do what’s best for the football club in the long term – I haven’t been told who to play, it’s not like that here – but I’ve been told to do what’s best for the club.
“Darren has been our number one and is our number one, but if he doesn’t want to stay must I throw Goss in next year when he hasn’t got five or six games under his belt?”
Wits are currently six points behind league leaders, Orlando Pirates, and are likely to need three wins from three if they’re to stand any chance of overtaking Mamelodi Sundowns or the Buccaneers and lifting the Absa Premiership title.