Arrows to focus on signing up new talent

2014-01-07 00:00

AS the African Nations Championship [Chan] gathers momentum, there are a host of PSL clubs out of the spotlight and without a fixture until early February.

One of those clubs is Golden Arrows, and coach Mark Harrison conducted two training sessions yesterday as his charges took to the field for the first time since their Christmas break.

The mood in the squad was a positive one, according to Harrison, with players coming back relaxed and in a good frame of mind after spending time with loved ones.

But the PSL situation for Arrows is far tenser as they sit bottom of the log with half a season to go.

The transfer market is where Harrison is heading, and he confirmed to The Witness yesterday that there are “half-a-dozen or so” players currently in talks with the club.

“I think a central defender is probably the priority for us now,” the coach said, making reference to his side’s woeful defensive record in the league so far. “But we also need a central midfielder and probably a striker; we’re looking to strengthen all through the middle …”

Making reference to the extended break, Harrison explained that he was forced to treat the next few weeks as a second pre-season.

“It is like another pre-season as some of the players have had a really long time off,” he said.

“But I don’t think it makes too much difference. Where the longer break does help us is in the transfer market, where we will have more time to tie up our deals.”

In the midst of Maritzburg United’s game of musical chairs with their coaches further up the N3, Harrison would have been delighted to hear his boss Mato Madlala giving him her support last week.

“Mato has been fantastic and I mean that from the heart,” Harrison said.

“She has backed me when things got a bit difficult towards the end of last year, and she has supported my plea to bring in some new faces.

“She understands that for a football club to succeed you need stability.”

Harrison criticised United’s decision to sack Clinton Larsen after just nine games in charge.

“Clinton didn’t get half a chance,” he said. “It was a shocking move in my eyes.”

Arrows are next in action when they travel to Pretoria to take on title challengers Mamelodi Sundowns on February 5.

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