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Orlando Pirates make contact with free agent goalkeeper Sherwin Naicker

Posted: 14 June 2016 Time: 13:12

KickOff.com understands that Orlando Pirates have shown an interest in signing goalkeeper Sherwyn Naicker, who has been released by Jomo Cosmos.

Naicker received his clearance from Cosmos about a week ago after owner Jomo Sono agreed to allow him a move following their relegation to the NFD.

The 25-year-old is now free to join any club, with a very close course revealing that the Buccaneers have enquired about one of Cosmos’ top performers last season.

“Orlando Pirates are really serious about the boy, his agent had a meeting with Bucs representatives recently,” says the source.

“But the whole thing will depend on what’s going to happen to [Siyabonga] Mpontshane or [Felipe] Ovono. They want to release one of the two before bringing in Naicker.”

KickOff.com contacted Naicker to verify the story, and he admits he has received offers from a couple of PSL clubs.

“Yes, there are couple of clubs that have contacted my agent about my services but I don’t know if Pirates is one of them,” says Naicker.

The talented keeper says he wouldn't mind joining a club that won't guarantee him a first-choice position as long as that club is from Gauteng.

“Realistically I don't think there's a club that I can join and become a number one, and I won't have a problem with becoming a second-choice goalkeeper,” he continues.

“Preferably I would like to join a team from Gauteng, but if push comes to shove I will join any team that finished the season in the top eight. I won't like to find myself in the same situation I was in this season, I don't want to find myself fighting relegation again.

“But it's still early in the window, let's wait and see what happens. I'm very grateful to Bra J for understanding my situation. I asked him to release me and he agreed. I still had a year left on my contract with his club but he agreed to release me for free.”

Pirates have also been linked with SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who said last month that no contact had been made.

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Article by: Sipho Mlotha
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