Sifiso Hlanti's agent Sizwe Ntshangase has revealed why the Bafana Bafana international opted for new club Swallows FC over other suitors.
This week Hlanti joined the Dube Birds after his first choice Kaizer Chiefs lost their FIFA transfer ban appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
According to Ntshangase, the likes of AmaZulu were also in the running but at the end of the day the 30-year-old preferred Swallows simply because he wanted to remain in Johannesburg.
"Hlanti is fine, Ntshangase tells KickOff.com after his client finally penned an undisclosed deal to sort out his immediate future.
"Talking about interests and other stuff, Hlanti was training with Chiefs while he was looking for a club. All clubs would have been interested, there are a lot of clubs who showed interest.
"AmaZulu were there, Maritzburg United were there and also the likes of Stellenbosch were there you see. Many clubs.
"But the player chose to stay in Joburg because there's personal things he is busy with in Joburg."
Swallows boss David Mogashoa indicated on social media recently that Hlanti is welcome to stay for however long he wants, but nobody involved in the deal has been willing to reveal how long the player has actually signed for.
The left-back made 21 appearances for Bidvest Wits last season and there has been talk that he is keeping his options open to return to Naturena next season to reunite with former coach Gavin Hunt.
Hlanti's signing caps off a huge transfer season for Swallows – check out all the quality players they have brought in to bolster their Premiership survival hopes