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Barker Sends Warning To Downs Amid Adams Transfer Talk

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker has issued a warning to clubs showing interest in his players, and reserved special advice for in-demand talented midfielder Jayden Adams.

The 23-year-old has already been heavily linked with a move to DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns since returning from a successful African Cup Of Nations expedition in Ivory Coast with Bafana Bafana, where they bagged a bronze medal spot.

Following a successful 2023/24 league campaign, and with just one round of league fixtures left before the current season comes to a close, teams will be looking to raid the Western Cape-based club for their best players in order to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season.

Barker emphasized that it won’t be easy to get their players because the value has since gone up and that interested parties will have to pay up, referring to young talent Adams who is now hot property.

“The better you become as a football club, winning cups and being second, players making Bafana, their value goes up,” Barker told the media.

“So if clubs are gonna come look for our players I don’t think it’s gonna be easy as it was in the past.

“Number one, from the economic and financial point of view, if you’ve got players sitting on the bench for Sundowns that were costing R40 million what reason is that Jayden Adams is not worth that, maybe more?

“If Sundowns do [come], then they have to dig deep that’s the one thing.”

The 56-year-old former AmaZulu coach further added that despite the huge interest in Adams, it would make no sense for a player of his calibre to entertain local offers when he’s got ambitions to move overseas.

“The second thing is Jayden’s got ambitions to play in Europe. I think he is at the age where going to Europe would be better in his interest. So I would advise him to rather consider that than local,” Barker added.

“You don’t want him going to Sundowns and ending up playing 13 or 14 league matches in the season. So it’s gonna be more difficult for teams because stock of the players is a lot more higher, they far more valuable and they playing in Africa.

“We ain’t playing in Africa before, we were not challenging enough to win trophies. Now you’ve won a trophy, you playing in Africa so it’s more difficult for them to just say we want this, we want that one, it will be tough.

“We are confident that we can retain our squad. In maybe situation here and there we will have to maybe consider but right now as we sit here there’s no talk, there’s no offers no one is for sale.”

Stellies have already achieved a remarkable feat by qualifying for the CAF Interclub competition for the first time in the club’s history. They can, of course, better that should they bag maximum points away to Richards Bay on the final day of the season by finishing in second place to qualify for the CAF Champions League, which would come on the back of their Carling Black Label cCp triumph.

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.