Who is Pirates' new signing Ryan Adams?

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Adams last week penned a one-year deal with The Buccaneers after making it through the Shield Sbonis’ iDiski campaign amongst more than 600 entrants from around South Africa.

After making it into the top three that earned themselves an all-expenses paid trip to London to experience training at Premier League giants Chelsea’s headquarters, he was selected by the Shield and Pirates scouts to join the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge side.

Since matriculating in 2015, the talented central defender, who can also play at left or right-back, has been working in construction while turning out for eThekwini Central Stream SAB League outfit Cherrian FC.

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However, Adams has history with Premier Soccer League side Golden Arrows, where he spent three years developing before being forced out due to difficult circumstances.

“My Arrows development? I joined them when I was playing Under-15 and I played there for about three years,” revealed Adams.

“It was unfortunate that I left, because in my matric year I couldn’t attend training every day, after they promoted me to the SAB team, and also focus on my studies.

“Because training was straight after school, and then I used to get home in The Bluff around 7pm every night and having to still do homework and study was a little too much, so I decided to leave after speaking to my parents.

“I then went to play for another SAB team in Wentworth called Cherrians FC, and I haven’t forgotten what I learnt at Arrows, which is why I play the way I do now. They really brought me from grassroots level.”

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The budding defender is not resting on his laurels now that he has broken into a more professional setup, remembering the hopes he carries from back home where opportunities are limited for others like himself.

“It doesn’t mean the hard work stops now because I’m in a professional setup, I need to work harder. It simply means the coaches can now guide me on what I need to improve on,” he added.

“I’m just very happy to be given this opportunity because being a young footballer with no opportunities is very tough. Back home where I come from, people either have to go and work straight out of school or go and study.

“And, if your heart and passion is in football but you need to go and work, you feel very disheartened. So, I’m grateful to Shield and Orlando Pirates for this opportunity.”

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