Scott targets title under Hunt
Posted: 6 January 2017 Time: 10:33
Granwald Scott says he is realising a dream by working under Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt, and is determined to help the title contenders win the league.
Wits yesterday announced the double signing of midfielder Scott and defender Thato Thlone, with the latter set to join the Students at the end of the season from Free State Stars.
Scott has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract with the joint-log leaders, with a two-year option to renew.
“It’s the best feeling ever to be back with the loved ones,” Scott tells KickOff.com, having recently returned home after a stint at Slovakian side Slovan Bratislava.
“I’m happy to be with my family, my girlfriend and of course my daughter Gilda whom I missed so much.
“I’m also very excited to play for my new coach Hunt and Wits. I’ve always wanted to play for him and it’s a dream come true, you know.
“I thinks he is still one of the best coaches in the league. It’s an absolute privilege to play for coach Gavin.
“I know coach Hunt was interested in my services when he won his first championship with SuperSport but I couldn’t leave Ajax then.
“We [Ajax] were a very good team, especially under Foppe [de Haan] and Mushin [Ertugral] and it was kind of tricky to just leave.
“But everything happens for a reason and when it should. So I’m happy with my new venture with Wits.”
Scott, who all ready feels welcome at Sturrock Park, adds of his championship ambitions: “I think that would be the ultimate achievement to crown off everything. And playing for a club like Wits this feat is very much possible.
“Wits also feels like a family to me. The first few sessions felt like I’ve been there for years. The fact that I’m here with my old teammates like Nazeer Allie, Moeneeb Josephs and Thulani Hlatswayo makes it more special.
“We have a strong bond from our playing days at Ajax. I’m excited and can’t wait to start my career under Gavin.”
Meanwhile, Scott says he learnt a great deal from his time with Slovan.
“The first aspect you realise once there is the high level of professionalism. The discipline and concentration levels of the players is phenomenal.
“For example, they report for training one-and-a-half hours before every day before training. The players eat well and know how to look after their bodies. That is something we here in South Africa can really learn from.”
Scott spent his entire PSL career at Ajax Cape Town before joining Slovan in January 2016.