Absa Premiership

Murray's departure is unfortunate, says Hunt

2020-04-01 12:27
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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt was sorry to see striker Simon Murray depart the club but says his long-term injury made his stay untenable.

The 28-year-old Scotsman joined the Clever Boys in 2018 and went on to score eight goals in 28 appearances.

He picked up a season-ending injury at the beginning of the now-postponed campaign and saw his contract terminated on amicable terms ahead of his return home last week.

No doubt the suspension of all sporting activities as a result of the spread of the coronavirus played a part in the decision.

Murray though also faced a challenge to retain his place in the Wits squad, due to his status as a foreign player, with the club since signing Cameroonian striker Bienvenu Eva Nga from Mozambican side Costa Do Sol.

Speaking to the SowetanLIVE, Hunt said: "He was injured so it is difficult. He was out for nine months.

"As a foreign player, it is always going to be difficult. It is one of those things."

The Wits boss added: "It is always difficult for a player to come to South Africa; I think they take time to settle. I think this would have been a good season for him, but it is football. It happens like that. It is unfortunate.

"He played five minutes; there is nothing we can do, it is unfortunate.

"We played the whole of the first round with a striker short. It is disappointing."

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