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Johnstone: We wanted to freshen things up

We caught up with Paul Johnstone who has been at Bidvest Wits since 2012 Paul is the assistant coach and Gavin Hunt’s right-hand man. Johnstone stood in for the first two matches of the 2018/19 season while Hunt was serving the remainder of his three-match suspension carried over from the 2017/2018 season.

Q – What are your thoughts on the season thus far?

A – Paul Johnstone “Obviously very very happy so far, everything has been positive. It certainly helps having won the three opening fixtures and hopefully looking ahead we can keep that run going.”

Q – Bidvest Wits have beefed up their squad this season with many new signings?

A – Paul Johnstone ” It has been made mentioned in the press that we have gone out and done a lot of business in the offseason, I think its 11 new signings we have made as so far so good. We were fortunate enough to get those signings done very early in the preseason so the players have been with the squad the entire time. They have gelled, blended and bonded very very well with the players from last season. The new boys that have come in this season have done very well but it’s not only about the new players that have done well but the players that have stayed behind. The entire team has been phenomenal thus far.”

Q – What was the reason for the change from Stellenbosch to Durban for pre-season camp?

A – Paul Johnstone ” We wanted to freshen things up, I think for the last four seasons we have been to Stellenbosch. What also contributes to that decision was the poor showing last season. Cape Town also had the water crisis so there aren’t many fields available. So it was a perfect time to make a decision and change things up a bit. Somewhere new, somewhere different and just a change of mentality.”

Q – Last season we kicked off with the MTN8 and this season it’s the Absa Premiership how do you think that will affect the log?

A – Paul Johnstone ” After all that is said and done we didn’t qualify for the MTN8 so it was always going to be the league for us. I was asked the question before and it is what it is. You can either go where the MTN8 comes in between league games and disrupt our league form, or look at it from a negative point of view and say we are playing fewer games than everyone else and we would like to keep the ball rolling but I prefer to stay in a positive state of mind.”