Rodgers: No beef with Pitso

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Instead, Rodgers is more preoccupied with establishing himself as a regular player at Dikwena – a team he says goes very well with his style of play and football ambitions.   

After being deemed surplus to requirements”by Sundowns, Rodgers quickly signed a contract with Stars in a deal that will also see midfielder Mogakolodi Ngele moving in the opposite direction at the end of the current season.

Rodgers scored two goals for Sundowns in 15 appearances before he was loaned out to Ajax Cape Town last season. 

Away from all the pressures usually associated with playing for a big club such as Sundowns, Rodgers had a better return – making a significant impact for the Urban Warriors with four goals in 11 starts. 

Still, this performance was not enough for Mosimane, who decided to put him on the transfer market.

“What happened in the past is now water under the bridge,” the striker told KickOff.com.

“I am not bitter with Pitso Mosimane or with anyone at the club. Perhaps I was not performing as well as they wanted, but that is now in the past for me.

“I have found a new home here at Platinum Stars and I am eager to do well for the club and for myself. I feel that I have the experience and ability to hold my own here.”

Rodgers adds: “Platinum Stars are very ambitious. They won two trophies last season so this tells you right away that they are a very competitive team. I hope that I will help them win more titles. This is what I am certainly aiming for this season.”

Platinum Stars coach Allan Freese singled out Rodgers’ aerial abilities as something that separates the striker from other players.

“He certainly gives us a lot of options. He is experienced and used to situations that other players may not be able to cope with,” Freese says. 

“His height will also be a factor, especially when we are attacking. A player of his abilities will always be a threat to any side and I am very happy that he is settling into our system very well.

“He has told me that his main desire is to help us to win trophies this season and this is the kind of hunger that will help us to do well.”

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