Pirates begin pre-season clearout

The Buccaneers have parted ways with left-back Marc van Heerden by mutual agreement, the club announced on Monday.

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The 30-year-old spent just 18 months at the club, after arriving from Chippa United in January last year, and managed 21 appearances during his stay.

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The former AmaZulu fullback's departure is perhaps brought on by Pirates' recent signing of Paseka Mako from the Chilli Boys, while Innocent Maela held onto the left-back position last season.

The club also still have Phetso Maphanga and Thabo Matlaba who can play on the left side of defence.

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Coach Micho Sredojevic and the Bucs technical team are expected to release a few more men before the season kicks off in August, having recently recruited nine players.