Arrows sign former Bafana star

2011-10-31 19:05

Johannesburg - Golden Arrows have on Monday confirmed the signing of former Bafana Bafana international Elrio van Heerden.

The move reunites Van Heerden with coach Muhsin Ertugral, who he played under during a brief loan spell in Turley with Sivasspor in the 2009/10 season.

The 28-year-old has finally found a new home after training for some time with SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, and also garnering interest from Santos and BidVest Wits that came to nothing.

He also had trials with Portuguese top-flight side Olhanense, and had in fact agreed terms with SuperSport last week, though Golden Arrows’ late interest scuppered that deal.

Van Heerden has not played competitive football since May after telling his then club, Belgian side Westerlo, that he wished to leave at the end of the season.

At the time there was talk that Orlando Pirates would be his next destination after the player’s business manager, Rob Moore, sounded out the Soweto giants over a possible move.

Van Heerden was developed through the UPE-FCK academy that also produced the likes of Kermit Erasmus and Siboniso Gaxa.

He then joined Danidh side FC Copenhagen in 2002, before leaving for Club Brugge in 2006. He was a hit there, and won himself a deal at English Premiership Blackburn Rovers, though he never played a first-team fixture for the club and was loaned out to Turkish side Sivasspor. There he played under Ertugral.

After leaving Rovers in 2010, he had a season at Westerlo before being released as a free agent.