De Reuck's new role at Downs revealed

Premiership

Defender Rushine De Reuck could be set for a new role as he begins his new journey at Mamelodi Sundowns today.

De Reuck has started training at Chloorkop after signing a five-year contract with the club from Maritzburg United, as first revealed by KickOff.com on Friday.

The Cape Town-born defender could be thrown into the deep end when The Brazilians host Stellenbosch in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday.

Despite having played as a defender for almost the whole of his professional career, De Reuck could be assigned a different role at Sundowns as a central midfielder this season.

This is according to Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who opened up about his plans for the 25-year-old.

"We know what he is capable of. Tactically for me, he is one of the best in the country. In my mind I think he will also be a good number six," said Mngqithi, who is credited for converting Rivaldo Coetzee to a central midfielder.

"I have spoken to him about that because one wants to have players that will have multifunctional abilities. As a centre-back we know what he can offer but in my mind I strongly believe he will make a very good number six.

"And that's why it was important to bring in a player like him that can cover both centre-back and central midfield. I am more than optimistic that he is going to play a major role in what we want to achieve this season."

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