Maritzburg United lost another top player in Rushine De Reuck and the reason for him leaving in this transfer window has been revealed.
The Team of Choice have always been clear on player movements and never stand in the way of anyone who wants to grow and try new challenges.
All of Evans Rusike, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebohang Maboe and Richard Ofori have moved on in the past.
According to sources inside the club, De Reuck was actually supposed to leave at the end of the season but due to high demand from Mamelodi Sundowns they had to let him leave now.
"The club was planning to release De Reuck at the end of the season, that was a deal between the player and chairman, but Mamelodi Sundowns needed a new defender," a source tells KickOff.com.
"Also after the Bafana Bafana camp De Reuck was not the same. He was more hungry for growth and the club decided to allow him to achieve that dream."
View the huge list of signings De Reuck joins at Sundowns this season
On Friday night after beating Sekhukhune United in the Nedbank cup, head coach Ernst Middendorp who hoping he would not have to respond to question about De Reuck.
"I thought you won't ask this question, but let me be clear, it's a decision done by the club, meaning the coach, chairman and management were part of the responsibility," Middendorp said.
"We are all together. It was a decision done by the club and I think De Reuck is happy where he is now. We have to find a solution in our squad.
"We discussed to do it even though it could've been in another direction and decision. We have to move on from it."
Maritzburg are understood to be putting the finishing touches on the signing of Serbian defender Dusan Stevic.