Tinkler: Brockie money will cover losses

Matsatsantsa are looking at bringing in a replacement for Jeremy Brockie, who left the club to join Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

Tinkler says they need more than just one player before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but admits there’s sometimes a challenge in getting players they want because of hefty transfer fees.

“We are fairly close [to signing a replacement for Brockie]. I don’t want to mention names yet because that process is still in negotiations and I don’t want things to be changing last minute and then I look like an idiot in front of you because I told you this one is coming in and then it does not happen. We don’t have blank cheque books here.

“Our problem is not one player. We need at least two quality players. The problem with the local market is that it has become too expensive. That’s just the harsh reality and I question whether those players are actually worth that amount of money. Like I said, as a club we simply run on a budget. We can’t be affording.”

Matsatsantsa made money from selling Brockie to Sundowns, but Tinkler says part of the proceeds will make up for what they lost during the CAF Confederation Cup last year.

“A lot of the money we made from Brockie is to make us for what we lost in CAF. I think we lost over R4 million travelling even though we did get money from them. So we have to be clever in terms of who we bring in and how much we spend on that player.”