DURBAN – Bafana Bafana defender Morgan Gould has earned a contract extension with SuperSport United and will stay at the club beyond his playing days.
This was confirmed by SuperSport chief executive Stan Matthews after they captured the MTN8 crown at Moses Mabhida Stadium at the weekend.
Matsatsantsa A Pitori emerge victorious 4-2 on penalties against Cape Town City after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of football in Durban.
Gould’s contract with SuperSport is set to expire in June, but Matthews told Independent Media that the defender will get a one-year contract extension with the club.
“To be blunt with you, Morgan has already earned an extension, the way that he has been playing, putting himself on the line.
“I have given him my word that he can stay on next season and when he finishes playing, there will be a place at the club for him in administration, marketing, coach or wherever he shows passion.
“He has been a great club servant for us for so many years before he went to Kaizer Chiefs, and now since he has come back,” Matthews explained.
Gould is not the only player whose contract is coming to an end in June at SuperSport. There are several players that Matthews challenged to fight for their future at the club.
“We have quite a number of players whose contracts are coming to an end, but it doesn’t mean that because they are due to expire we won’t renew them.
“Guys like Masha (Tefu Mashamaite) expires at the end of the season, Yeye (Reneilwe Letsholonyane), (Dove) Wome and Kingston (Nkhatha) are also in the same situation. The door is opened for all of them to earn extensions.
“It is not going to be easy for them. They have to put their hand up. That’s the life of the professional footballer,” Matthews stated.
Don’t expect many changes for SuperSport United in January, though, as Matthews believes that they have a good enough squad to compete on all fronts this season.
“I’m not going to make a lot of changes in January. We’ve got a good, stable squad. I don’t see the need to make so many changes. I didn’t make many changes in the off-season – I brought four to five new faces to keep it going.
“I’m not going to do much in January. We will save up and do some significant signings in July when four to five players’ contracts expire.
“We will be looking for some new talent in July, but this team now, we’re going to run with and give them a chance to show us how big a season they can have.”