Just two years into a three-year contract with Feyenoord, Erasmus will return to the club where he was groomed – seemingly vindicating Gavin Hunt’s view at the time of the move in 2008 that he would be better served by another season in the PSL.
In Erasmus’ first season with Feyenoord he spent the majority of the time in their reserve squad, only turning out four times for the first team.
Subsequently, he was loaned out to Feyenoord’s Rotterdam neighbours SBV Excelsior last season, where he had reasonable success in scoring 11 times in 30 matches.
Last month, when compatriot Kamohelo Mokotjo was recalled by Feyenoord from Excelsior and given Erasmus’ number 15 squad number, it seemed likely that he would remain with Excelsior, who were promoted to the Dutch top-flight.
However, Erasmus’s return to South Africa will undoubtedly now casts a shadow on the prospects of the 20-year-old, who just three years ago was named as one the ‘50 best teenagers in the world’ by World Soccer magazine and was also called up for the Bafana Bafana pre-World Cup camp in Brazil.
Despite Erasmus’ return home, the Dutch club will retain first refusal on the former Amajita international.
Erasmus’ agent, Ashley Kotzen, believes the decision will benefit his client in the long run.
“He had a good season at Excelsior, but tapered off towards the end. Also, with the minimum salary requirements for non-European players in Netherlands, it just didn’t make financial sense for them to keep him,” Kotzen tells KickOff.com.
“But this will work out well. SuperSport are delighted to have him back – Gavin Hunt knows him well and he is a product of the academy. And playing in the PSL will afford him the opportunity to get more game-time and work on his game, and also to get closer to the national team.”
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