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Gavin Hunt promises to continue promoting youth at Bidvest Wits

Posted: 20 May 2017 Time: 12:47

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has re-emphasised the importance of bringing through exciting young players and has promised to promote three more players "next week".

Wits' youth academy have had an array of young stars that have come through the ranks and made their mark in the PSL in recent seasons.

With a massive focus on grooming prospects himself, Hunt has brought through the likes of Benni McCarthy, Phumlani Ntshangase, Ben Motshwari and more recently Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler, both of whom he handed first team debuts to.

Mahlambi and Frosler played integral parts in the Clever Boys' first ever Absa Premiership title victory this season, with the club refusing to release the duo for Amajita duty at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea prior confirming their success.

The record four-time league-winning coach has since argued that the recent criticism from SAFA, over the club's reluctance to release their players, was unwarranted and has reiterated his backing for young talents at the club.

"I've always believed in youth," assured Hunt. "I came from a youth development myself – Cape Town City, Hellenic...

"That's how we found players in our day and nowadays it's a little bit difficult, but we [Wits] believe in our youth, we've got a great development.

"We've obviously had some media coverage now because of all that's gone on [with SAFA and the Under-20 national team] and it's been wrong because we've been penalised for producing young players.

"How many other teams play kids from their development in their first team and win the league? Not many, so that's important for us."

The former SuperSport United mentor has also revealed his intention to promote a couple of youngsters to the first team ahead of next season.

"We'll continue doing it [grooming and promoting youngsters] next year. I've got two or three coming into the squad [that] I'm going to sign now – next week. They'll come in and I'll give them a chance," he concluded.

Article by: Chad Klate
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