Cape Town - Highlands Park coach Allan Freese has expressed optimism for the upcoming season after the squad was strengthened with no less than 12 new players.
Highlands gained promotion to the Premiership after winning the playoffs against University of Pretoria and Mbombela United last season.
The club signed Collins Mbesuma, Thanduyise Khuboni, Zamuxolo Ngalo, Khethukuthula Zwane, Junior Sibande, Charlton Mashumba, Brandon Theron, Augustine Mbara, Edwin Sitayitayi, Seun Ledwaba, JP van der Merwe and Lebogang Ditsele in the interim as they look to build a squad that can retain their Premiership status this term.
"I think we have signed in the right positions and we are hoping that we can get together as quickly as possible so that the players can gel," Freese told KickOff.
"For us as a team and me as a coach the first priority is to stabilise the team. I am happy because if we get too many players then we will get confused.
"We have some experienced guys that will come and help to take the team forward. With the squad that we have I firmly believe we will compete. I would like us to end as high as possible after consolidating our place. Let us see where we end but it has to be as high as possible.
"Fortunately for us seeing that we are not going to start with everybody, we have a two-week gap and we start on the 13th of September after everybody so we do have time."