SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler has again opened up about why his potential move to Orlando Pirates did not materialise.
Matsatsantsa went public with the news that the Buccaneers had made an offer for the Bafana Bafana international as they looked for a replacement for Thamsanqa Gabuza, who had in fact gone in the opposite direction.
But Stan Matthews, the SuperSport CEO, only broke his silence to confirm that Grobler would not be sold to their championship rivals.
“I wouldn’t say anything went wrong, but Pirates did make an approach and SuperSport were very adamant on their stance that I would not go anywhere in this transfer window. Coach Kaitano (Tembo) believes in me and knows that I know the way we play, and he asked them not to let me go. As a player I respect that and I appreciate that,” the player told the media on Thursday after picking up the Absa Premiership Player of the Month award.
Grobler said he still hoped to one day play for one of the big clubs in SA, though he is running out of time given that he is 31-years old.
“If anything, mentally it motivated me. It would be a huge honour to play for Pirates – they are a massive team in South African football. At the same time I enjoy being at SuperSport and they have been very good to me. If I left them for Pirates I was going to be happy, and if I stayed I was going to be happy. It was never a negative thing. With the injuries that I’ve had it really doesn’t matter where I am playing, I just want to play,” he said.