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Julies fighting for freedom

Posted: 27 May 2015 Time: 13:09

KickOff.com can confirm that Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Samuel Julies is fighting for his freedom from the club.

The 23-year-old made a bright start with the Brazilians seven years ago after he was spotted by the club’s youth coaches while playing for the School of Excellence and then became part of Sundowns’ U-19 team in 2008.

It wasn’t long before Julies moved up a level when he was given a run in the first team towards the end of the 2011/12 season when Johan Neeskens was in charge and after just one start, plus two subs, the Kimberley-born midfielder was on the score sheet three times including scoring in the 86th minute to help Sundowns to a 1-0 win over Free State Stars in their last League match of the season on 19 May 2012 at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

By the start of the 2012/13 season, Julies was feeling a lot more confident about his future but when the season came to an end, he had more questions than answers about his future.

New coach Pitso Mosimane had replaced Neeskens in November 2012 and with five starts to his name, Julies was deemed surplus to requirements.

A failed loan attempt to Mpumalanga Black Aces for the 2013/14 season was followed by a successful loan move to Vasco Da Gama in the National First Division and at the time, Julies commented in an interview with the PSL’s website that it was “necessary” for his career to grow.

After two seasons of regular football at Vasco, KickOff.com can reveal that Sundowns have taken up a one-year option on his contract, but that was after the player pleaded with the club officials in a letter requesting his clearance.

“Sundowns have exercised their one-year option, but he is not going to get a chance to play there and he will end up being loaned out again. So why did Sundowns take up their option knowing they don’t plan to use him? I know that some PSL teams are really interested in him, but he still belongs to Sundowns and that makes things difficult for him,” the source tells this website.

“That’s why he has written a letter to the club asking to be released from the contract and that was last month, but the club has not responded. He’s hoping they can let him go, so he can find a PSL club and fulfil his potential. He’s a talented boy, but this contract situation is killing him,” he adds.

KickOff.com contacted the player, but he declined to comment.

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