Niewenhuis spent just one season with Thanda after joining them from SuperSport United in July last year.
“My decision was to go to a club where I could play regularly, even if it meant being in a lower league. I think Stars is a good choice for me because they are a youthful team that plays good football. What I need is to get my confidence back and I think I will get that at Stars. I need to be the number one goalkeeper where I play rather than be used sparingly as cover for someone.
“I would have preferred to go back home to a Cape Town club, but Stars offered me a good deal,” he says.
The 20 year-old keeper, who was groomed at Avendale Athletico, says he is unhappy with his experience at Thanda.
“Although I did play about 15 cup and league games at Thanda, I felt I wasn’t given enough opportunities to prove myself. Whenever I played, I would be dropped for the next game without any reason given. I didn’t play badly despite the fact that the team wasn’t winning games either. I felt that to just drop me like that was rather unfair on me.
“I would have grown but I couldn’t because I was in and out of the team and that left me not knowing where I stood and what direction to take,” says Niewenhuis.