The 28-year-old was snapped up by the Ligue 1 club four years ago after a fruitful spell with Orlando Pirates, but failed to make his mark in the French top-flight, ending up with just two starts, 10 substitute appearances and no goals to his name after three years.
That period included a loan stint at Lens, followed by short spells in Sweden and Portugal before he eventually signed for City in December.
When asked about the most challenging aspect of his four-year spell abroad, the forward was honest in revealing what he felt held him back in France.
“For me there weren’t any real challenges,” he tells KickOff.com. “At Rennais, it was just player-management that could have been better. I wasn’t asking to be baby-sat, but I just wanted clear communication because I had spoken to the coach a couple of times and asked him what to do to get my chance, but I wasn’t given a direct answer.
“For me, I’d rather be told straight up that I wasn’t going to be played than being told a different story and lied to. I did everything I possibly could and competed with the guys in my position, but even then I wouldn’t even be in the 18-man team. I’m a straightforward person and I’d prefer people to be upfront with me, even though it may hurt: it’s better to hear the truth than to not be told directly what the situation is.”
In returning to the PSL, Erasmus is now playing under former Pirates teammate Benni McCarthy. He will also finally be able to feature alongside his ex-SuperSport United teammate Teko Modise, having left the Pretoria club as a youngster for the Netherlands and not had the opportunity to play regularly alongside the ‘General’ – something he is now relishing.
“Teko is the player he has always been: he’s always had the touch, and his understanding of the game has always been at the highest level,” he said. “I always believed Teko could have gone to Europe, but maybe he wasn’t aware of the times he could have. But he’s a great and very experienced player, and is also a legend and has done a lot for South African football.
“I didn’t get to play a lot with him before, so hopefully I will this time. His vision is second-to-none, and everyone knows what he is like and what he is capable of and respects him for what he’s done, and for who he has become as a footballer and person.”