Putsche in demand abroad

READ: Citizens part ways with winger

The Austrian, who is in the final year of his contract with City, has been a pillar of strength in the engine room since his arrival at the club two seasons ago from Wolfsberger AC.

Putsche was part of the squad that won the Telkom Knockout in the club's debut season in the PSL under the tutelage of Eric Tinkler.

Putsche, who recently returned from America and Austria where he spent time with his girlfriend and family, says he feels rejuvenated.

"I had some good time off with the loved ones and it was good seeing them," he told KickOff.com. "It always helps to be in the company of your family and friends you know. Everyone was pleased to see me and that in a big way helped me to get my spirit up as I have no family in Cape Town.

"I have to admit to the back end of my break I started to long to go back to Cape Town as it's my second home, and I have another 'family' here as well."

He added: "Sometimes you cannot predict life you know. During my time back in my native country I was approached by my old club as well as a few others."

The 27-year-old, however, has no immediate intention of jumping ship, and is confident City can win silverware this campaign after coming up short last term.

"The players are looking determined and hungrier than ever," Putsche explained. "We have strengthened the squad where there was a need, you know. Our balance looks great as well. We have an almost perfect blend between experienced players and the young ones. The vibe is fantastic."

Meanwhile, Citizens chairman John Comitis hopes to keep Putsche in the Mother City for many more years.

"Roland is a good boy and has been a fantastic servant for us," said Comitis. "We'd like to give him a new contract which could keep him here for many seasons - we're working on a plan."