Kaizer Chiefs new signing Kearyn Baccus has returned to South Africa after leaving as a kid and has explained why he opted to join The Glamour Boys.
Chiefs roped Baccus in on a free transfer following the end of his deal with Australian side Melbourne City, as they look to turn their fortunes around.
The 27-year-old central midfielder left Pietermaritzburg with his family as a 10-year-old boy and returns nearly two decades later to try and establish himself on the local football scene.
Interestingly, he has opted for the Soweto giants who have endured a steady decline in recent seasons, which has seen the club go trophyless for the past four years.
So, what exactly attracted the Australian junior international to Naturena and what is he hoping to achieve back in his homeland?
“Why back to South Africa? A lot of people have asked me that, and it just felt like the right thing for me to do,” explained Baccus.
“I was born here, so I’m not really scared of what can or is going to happen. Anything can happen in any country; I’ve just got to have an open mind about things and be wary.
“But Chiefs is a big club and I want to help them get back to where I think it should be. Hopefully I can do that this season.”
This was not the first attempt Amakhosi had made at signing the attacker, who has explained what ultimately led to the delay behind his move.
“Last season there was a bit of interest [from Chiefs], but I couldn’t get a release from my club Melbourne City at the time,” he added.
“They asked me again a couple of months ago and I spoke to my agent and family, and it felt like the right thing to do. I definitely wanted a new challenge and I’m happy that I’m here.”