Mamelodi Sundowns new signing Rushine De Reuck has explained why he joined the club and outlined his clear ambitions with the 2019/20 treble-winners.
De Reuck, 24, signed a five-year deal with Masandawana last week after three-and-a-half standout years with Maritzburg United that notably earned him the PSL Defender of the Season award last season.
In what was a tumultuous journey towards the DStv Premiership giants, the ASD academy graduate went from playing in Portugal with FC Paços de Ferreira's reserve team to the third tier of South African football with Hellenic in 12 months.
However, his rise to the Team of Choice via the now-defunct Milano United has hardened the technically gifted defender towards the mentality needed to shine at Chloorkop.
"It’s a step in the right direction for me, something I’ve always wanted, something I’ve worked hard towards. I’m excited to be part of this team. I know that I’ll get better and it gives me a lot of motivation to be here. I’m also a bit nervous but it’s normal when you are in a new environment," he told the club's website.
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The South Africa international added: "Sundowns have always had one of the best defences in the league since I’ve been playing in the DStv Premiership so it’s no surprise that they are doing so well.
"It’s very hard to break them down and they concede very few goals, so they’ve been very impressive. I know it won’t be easy to break into the starting line up because they’ve got really good players in my position but it’s a challenge I need to better myself. I know that I can contribute a lot, but I need to show it first."
Settling in quickly has been cited as his short-term goal before breaking into the starting line-up of the star-studded Brazilians, which he feels will be easier by the presence of a few familiar faces.
"Having Cape Town boys makes things a bit easier you know, going to help me settle in about faster," he explained.
"I’ve also played with Lebo Maboe and Brian Onyango at Maritzburg United in the past so that helps me as well. Very happy to be here and can’t wait to contribute to this amazing club."
De Reuck featured 94 times for the KZN-based outfit scoring one goal and registering as many assists during his impressive stint.