Premier Soccer League legend Edries Burton believes Varsity Football has played a prominent role in strengthening PSL teams.
Burton, who is a former defender that won that numerous titles over his decorated playing career with Cape Town Spurs, AmaZulu and his beloved Santos, has followed Varsity Football closely since its inception.
With only one round of the 2018 competition remaining before the play-offs, Burton believes the competition continues to grow from strength to strength.
“There is a good level of football being played at the moment, but it is also up to players themselves to raise their games and realise the massive opportunities that are at their disposal,” Burton said.
“The platform that Varsity Football provides for young players is amazing. There are many other teams and players that play at a higher level of football than Varsity Football that doesn’t receive the type of exposure and sponsors that Varsity Football gets, so any young player should seize the opportunity of playing on such a big stage for any PSL scout or coach could be watching the television and pick a player up. You never know the next rough diamond may be found in Varsity Football.”
Burton also believes the high-level of coaching linked to Varsity Football is an incredible bonus for the young players competing.
“Look at Tuks, they have brought in numerous players from their Varsity Football team into their professional ranks,” said.
“That’s because of the coaches they have at Tuks. Equally, UWC have Salie Adams. That’s a guy that has been around a high-level of football for a very long time. He is experienced and knowledgeable and for a young player to have a resource like that at his disposal is massive.
“I also chat to Mark Haskins at Wits quite a bit. These are quality coaches, who also have numerous contacts at PSL clubs and can tip off PSL coaches about the quality they have in their ranks. So, once again just a massive opportunity for young players to make a name for themselves while continuing their academics.”