Cape Town - Cape Town City midfielder Thato Mokeke says he is delighted to have penned a three-year deal with the club given his history of injury problems.
Mokeke was ruled out for the latter part of last season with a serious leg injury however his form before that for the Benni McCarthy-coached outfit had been very good.
As such, the news of his contract extension has been greeted with delight by the talented 29-year-old.
He told the Sowetan: "I did not expect City to give me three years because it had never happened before in my career that I sign a contract of more than two years. I am beyond excited.
"I have been injury-prone and most clubs were sceptical about tying me down. Some were not even convinced to sign me, to begin with. I will forever be grateful to City for this opportunity.
"The main goal this season is the league. Last season, we came very close and that was a big lesson.
"We feel like we let ourselves down last season, but it's behind us now. It will be important to start well."
Mokeke also had plenty of praise for Citizens coach Benni McCarthy, saying: "To be coached by someone who achieved a lot as a player is always an advantage. Coach Benni is one of the best. He played a big role in me rediscovering my form last season."