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Phakaaathi Reporter
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9 May 2018
11:59 am

Highlands Park to beef up squad ahead of new season

Phakaaathi Reporter

Highlands Park co-director Sinky Mnisi has revealed that the club will add six or seven players ahead of their 2018/19 Premiership campaign.

Owen Da Gama, coach of Highlands Park, celebrates with the Team during the National First Division match between Highlands Park and University of Pretoria at Makhulong Stadium. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Highlands will return to Premiership football next season after winning the 2017/18 National First Division (NFD) title, with 69 points from 30 games.

“We want to add six or seven players. They have already signed precontracts – we did that in the last window period. They are top class players, and we believe they will help us a lot going forward,” Mnisi told SunSport.

“I cannot divulge their names at this stage, as some are still contracted to their clubs until the end of season.”

Meanwhile, Mnisi also revealed that Highlands coach Owen Da Gama would trim down his squad from 36 players to a more manageable size in a bid to pave the way for new recruits.

“We will trim the squad. Yes, we will release players, but only those who have never featured in the team. If you never played in the NFD this season, why must we take you along to the PSL? We have to make space for new players and can’t have 36 to 40 players in the top flight. We don’t want to repeat the same mistakes that saw the team relegated from the Premiership last season,” commented Mnisi.