Bidvest Wits head coach Gavin Hunt asks ‘what next’ after Absa Premiership title win
Posted: 27 May 2017 Time: 17:57
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes his side are well worth their Absa Premiership title triumph following the close of the campaign on Saturday.
The Students entered the final day of the season already guaranteed the league crown, although they were unable to end on a high as they slumped to a 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs.
However, even their final-day stutter wasn't enough to take the gloss away for Hunt, who has now set his sights on future successes with the Students.
“The season’s been tough. If it was easy then everyone would do it [win the title],“ he told SuperSport TV prior to the handing-over ceremony at Soccer City.
“But we’ve done it, and where we go from here is the next question and we’re looking forward to going again and competing again because it’s going to be tough. There’s certainly more teams in the fray now who can win the league and this is the ultimate for any club.
“And a club like us, for 96 years we never won the league. This has got to be a big step forwards.
“But we have been competing over the last few years.”
The coach also had praise for the depth of quality amongst his players, adding: “That’s what the team’s all about: using the squad as best we can, trying to make good, clever signings, players who have good attitudes, players who want to work, want to improve, good attitudes. It’s not always about the ability sometimes.
“We’ve got a good bunch here and, as I always say, can they go to the next level now? Can we keep pushing on? I’ve been here - I don’t even know how many years - four years and we keep getting more points, more points - it’s going to be harder now.”
When asked if he felt he could hold on to his star players during the tranfer window, Hunt replied: "Ya, of course. We’re going to try to hang on to all our players as best we can.
"As you know, the market is very small and people throw ridiculous money at players, but we’ve got to be brave enough and make decisions for the club, which we always have done.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the club, the team and the people who are in charge of the club. I’m just a small part of it.”