Absa Premiership

SuperSport agree deal to sign Wits' Keene

James Keene (Gallo Images)
James Keene (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United have agreed a deal to sign Bidvest Wits striker James Keene to boost their striking department after the departure of Jeremy Brockie.

Sport24 has learned that Keene, 32, whose contract comes to an end at the end of the current 2017/18 Absa Premiership season, has agreed to join Matsatsantsa after not being offered a new deal by the Clever Boys.

Wits recently signed striker Thobani Mncwango from Polokwane City while adding Lehlohonolo Majoro from Cape Town City as the struggling league champions go in search of much-needed goals.

Keene reportedly grew frustrated at not being offered a new deal at Wits with team-mates Nazeer Allie and attacker Eleazar Rodgers also in the final six months of their contracts.

Having released and sold several players, including top striker Jeremy Brockie to Sundowns, Eric Tinkler has conceded that he needs to go into  the transfer market.

However, the former Bafana Bafana midfielder says he may be forced to look to the continent for signings as he feels PSL players are often over-priced.

"We are thin at the moment. We are very thin. Obviously, a striker (is a priority), right now we have Kingston (Nkhatha) and a young boy Darren Smith (who are fit), and that's too much pressure to put onto the young man to be honest," Tinkler told the media.

"We are fairly close (to signing a new player), I don't want to mention names yet because like I said that process is still in negotiations and I don't want things to be changing last minute and look like an idiot because I told you this one is coming in and it doesn't happen.

SuperSport who are currently languishing in 13th position in the standings next face AmaZulu in a league clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 19:30.