Ryan Moon (17) becomes third Moon to sign for Maritzburg United

2013-10-01 00:00

THERE’S a new Moon on the horizon in Maritzburg.

Ryan Moon (17), Maritzburg College’s sensational striker, yesterday became the latest youngster to sign for Maritzburg United.

The youngster, following in the footsteps of his father Patrick and his brother, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Bryce, becomes the third Moon to sign on the dotted line for the Team of Choice.

However, Bryce Moon never actually played for the club, having been poached by Ajax Cape Town.

“I’m excited to be a part of a team such as Maritzburg United,” the youngest Moon told The Witness after taking part in training yesterday afternoon.

“It’s a great feeling to be part of it knowing that my dad and brother had played for the club,” Moon, currently at College, said.

“My brother called me after I’d signed and he told me to keep working hard and keep at it,” he said.

His father Patrick Moon, who signed his first professional contract with the club in 1979 in a career that spanned a decade, said he was excited to see yet another son become a professional footballer.

“They say that if you want to buy a horse, you must look at the father,” he said. “I scored my first goal for the club 30 seconds into my debut and I hope he beats it.”

Moon senior said he was excited that his son would be training under Ernst Middendorp, whom he rated as one of the best two coaches in the country alongside Ajax Cape Town mentor Muhsin Ertugral.

“If he listens and takes instructions, he will go very far.

“Bryce has also called and he is very excited. The whole family is. There is a new Moon on the horizon,” he said.

Coincidentally, club chairperson Farook Kadodia, then just in his 20s, was also at the helm when they completed the signing of the older Moon.

“The Moons are becoming like family,” Kadodia told The Witness.

“I really think we are making the right steps. He is at an early age and he will receive all the help to ensure that he is ready for the first team.

“The boy has all the potential and he could surprise a lot of people. People were excited about Bryce, but they will be even more excited about his younger brother.”

Ryan becomes the second Maritzburg College pupil to sign for United after midfielder Bandile Shandu, who has already made his debut in the PSL, was given a deal almost to the day a year ago.

Middendorp said part of the plan was to start off and create an experienced setup with the likes of Delron Buckley, Rueben Cloete and Mario Booysen, and they were now injecting some youth into the club. “We picked up Bandile. That was the first step. Now we have picked up Moon and we may sign one or two more by the end of the year,” Middendorp said.

He said that it was important for the young players to come in and learn the game by training with professionals.

“He is still young, and what we have seen so far, he’s looking good.”

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