Absa Premiership

Hlanti: Wits have control of my future for now

Sifiso Hlanti (Gallo Images)
Sifiso Hlanti (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Wits left-back Sifiso Hlanti would be open to offers from other clubs, but insists he is happy at the Clever Boys and that they have control of his destiny for now.

Hlanti, who won Wits' Player of the Season prize, has a year left on his contract. The 28-year-old Bafana international is uncertain of what will happen afterwards.

"[My contract] does end in June, but I cannot say it's in the pipeline that I'm leaving because I'm still part of the team, and there's nothing I can do about that. I have to respect my contract," Hlanti told KickOff website.

"Actually, I'm left with... from June this year up until December, after that that's when I will be able to sign a pre-contract with any team. My biggest concern for now is that there's nothing I can say to anyone because of my contract with the team, so I have to respect that."

Hlanti has not ruled out a move away from Wits, though. He continued: "As for me, I like where there is a challenge, because even when I joined Wits, I told myself that I'm here to compete, which is something that made me to be strong mentally. I can play anywhere where there's a challenge because it helps me grow.

"Even now when I got here at Wits, I competed with [Onismor] Bhasera and learned a lot. Now [Keegan] Ritchie got here... so those are the experienced players. Every time where there is competition, I become good.

"Even now, I do feel the challenge because you know the kind of coach [Gavin Hunt] we have. You have to respect his thoughts because in the end, he wants people who can work, you see. So that makes us to be always on the alert. I can say I still enjoy the challenge that exists here at Wits, but anything that might come, I will welcome it."