Absa Premiership

Hunt: Local market is inflated

2017-05-29 09:02
Mogakolodi Ngele (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Wits coach Gavin Hunt says he won't change his transfer strategy despite winning the PSL this season, due to the price-tags of local players.

Hunt has built a championship-winning squad with numerous free transfer deals and academy graduates over the past couple of seasons, which culminated in their maiden title triumph.

The 52-year-old says he'd like to retain the core of his squad while remaining thrifty in the transfer market as he plans ahead for the new campaign.

However, two loan signings from Mamelodi Sundowns - Cuthbert Malajila and Mogakolodi Ngele - will be returning to Chloorkop after being priced out of permanent deals.

"The players are going back. Sundowns want double figures (in millions) for them," Hunt told SowetanLIVE website.

"At this point in time‚ they don't want to go back‚ but they'll go back. They have a contract and that was part of the deal.

"If you look at the local market‚ and I said to somebody yesterday‚ 'If you give somebody R100 million‚ who are you going to buy in South Africa?'

"Because you don't want to pay prices like that‚ and spend ridiculous money on players. And we don't do that. So it's very difficult to acquire players.

"We have to look‚ like we do‚ in the free market and try and build up the right players. But it doesn't always work. And you're fortunate to get one or two‚ like we did."

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