Cape Town City have moved to tie down midfield star Thabo Nodada before anyone could come knocking for his services.
City have confirmed a new deal with Nodada, who will now see his contract with the club end in June 2024, as they ward off interest from eslewhere.
The 25-year-old, who has reportedly been linked with several big sides but most notably Kaizer Chiefs in recent times, was left with just a year-and-a-half since his last renewal in January 2018.
Citizens chairman John Comitis previously revealed to KickOff.com of Chiefs' attempts to lure the midfield workhorse to Naturena in January last year, prior to their FIFA transfer ban.
With Amakhosi's ban set to lapse next week Monday, the Cape-based outfit have moved to tie Nodada down so as to avoid losing him for free come January next year.
Since the departure of George Maluleka to Mamelodi Sundowns in July last year, Chiefs have been struggling to fill the void, with ex-coach Ernst Middendorp and now Gavin Hunt having tried several options in that pivotal central role.
Should the Soweto giants still be interested, the Bafana Bafana prospect will surely cost them a pretty penny following this latest contract renewal.