Kosta Papic urges in-demand striker Sedwyn George to stay at Royal Eagles
Posted: 10 March 2017 Time: 12:22
Royal Eagles coach Kosta Papic has urged NFD top scorer Sedwyn George to remain with the promotion hopefuls amid interest in his services.
George has attracted attention with 17 goals this season - three more than closest challenger Mhlengi Cele of Thanda Royal Zulu.
While Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are among the sides rumoured to be tracking George's progress, Papic believes the 25-year-old - whose contractual situation is under scrutiny - must carefully consider his future.
Last season's NFD Golden Boot winner Thabiso Kutumela has notably struggled for game-time at Orlando Pirates, while Phumelele Bhengu also barely featured at SuperSport United last term after hitting an unmatched 22 goals in the second tier in 2014/15.
"The rumours that I hear now, it's too early for him [George]. He must play in an environment that is good for him, which will help him to be a better player," Papic tells KickOff.com.
"When he gets matured and gets over that, it'll be time for him to go and try for another club.
"I'm afraid if he makes the decision to go earlier we are going to lose him [his potential], the club and the country as well.
"He has potential and there's no doubt about it. He is very good at his aspects of the game but he's not our key player... we don't build anything through him. He's just part of the system and he's coping very well. I hope he'll continue like that."
Meanwhile, the Serbian confirmed new goalkeeper coach Brando Grahovac is due to receive his work permit today. His compatriot should be in the dugout when Eagles host Nedbank Cup champions SuperSport at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.
"I've been wanting him for some time. I told him that I want him to come here in South Africa. Unfortunately his English is not that good but slowly he is getting there. You can't question his work and you see the team has improved in goals."