Truter reveals Swallows' PSL plans

Premiership

Swallows FC head coach Brandon Truter says it will not be easy to put together a strong team with only four weeks to prepare for their campaign in the top-flight.

Swallows gained automatic promotion to the Premiership on the last day of the GladAfrica Championship season, edging out Ajax Cape Town on goal difference.

Now that the dust is close to settling, Truter has laid out his intentions as he looks to make The Dube Birds a competitive force in the PSL again.

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"Ja look, I want to keep the core, they know how I work, the playing style, the playing philosophy," Truter tells KickOff.com.

"It's going to be very, very difficult in four weeks to start with the whole group of players. Virgil Vries is our number one keeper but to keep him at his level we need to bring in someone who can really compete.

"We had quite a few players on loan. We have Given Thibedi, we have Sizwe Twala, we have Itumeleng Shopane, we have Kagiso Malinga. Given Thibedi played 24 games.

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"So it's going to be difficult, but they are loan players so we first have to see what players we are getting back hopefully on loan, and which players will not be available for us."

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When asked if anything has been made formal that he will be coaching the club in the PSL next season, Truter left the door open to change.

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"Look, as much as the chairman said in the media that I will be the coach or I'm guaranteed the job, we haven't sat down yet to discuss terms. So I haven't put down pen to paper yet to be honest," he admits.

"Ja look, the technical team that I assembled here at Swallows, that was key, seriously. The technical team was very good. I'm not going to take credit alone, I have to give them credit where it's due. We came up with some new concepts going into this bubble.

"Look, when I left Richards Bay they were number two, four wins and a draw I think. So ja, it wasn't an easy decision, but the brand of Swallows attracted me you understand. It was one of the original big three, they had a good support base, lots of eyes were on Swallows.

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"But it wasn't easy to leave Richards Bay. That's a team I adore, but the owner didn't really try to keep me also. So that made it a bit easier to leave.

"It's always a dream to coach in the PSL. I can't wait to test myself against the PSL coaches. The PSL is only ending this weekend, and we are due to start I think the second week of October. The window period as well, trying to reinforce, trying to get good players to try and join us. So ja, it's going to be challenging because of the period we have."

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