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Hunt – Why PSL Teams Change Their Transfer Plans

SuperSport United head coach Gavin Hunt has explained how the transfer market has literally forced many PSL teams to “make” their own star players instead of buying.

There have been a lot of young players showcasing their talent in the top-flight, and numbers look to increase, especially this season.

The likes of Relebohile Mofokeng, Shandre Campbell, Devin Titus and Oswin Appollis, among others, have shown that they are ready for high-level football.

Experienced Hunt, who has given a lot of young players their breakthrough since he started coaching, explained that high transfer fees and salaries led to teams producing players for themselves rather than buying.

“I wish, I could tell you the truth on this, but I won’t, nah I can’t, I think it’s financially. So, you’re going to give young [players], clubs maybe can’t buy players anymore,” Hunt told the media.

“So, we need to produce the youth more, because, I mean, it’s really getting, big now, the transfer fees in South African football. It’s really going off the charts. So, it’s very difficult.

“So, we need to produce our own and have our own little factory and, and then try and go from there. So, I think that’s the, you’ll find a lot of clubs now we’ll play, we’ll try and give the youth players a chance more than trying to look for players in order say salaries, transfer fees, those type of things, because of the financial strain that was put on a lot of the clubs.

“That’s just a basic, I think that basically it’s like a neutral answer, but I think that is the drift of the thing. So, I think more and more even next season. We’ll see a lot of younger players coming through the system.”

Hunt’s SSU will take on Stellenbosch FC in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

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.