Pule prepared to fight for his spot

10Oct

Right-back Katlego Pule managed to impress when he was given opportunities last season, but he will have to battle against some stiff competition in the 2012/13 campaign.

The South African junior international, however, says that he is ready to challenge the big boys in the first team, but recognises the fact that he still has a lot to learn before he can command a regular a spot in the first team.

The Bachelor of Commerce student, who is in his third season as a professional in the Premier Soccer League, is facing tough competition for the right-back spot with experienced former Bafana Bafana international Bryce Moon and former Kaizer Chiefs player Tlou Molekwane as his main competitors for a place in the team.

“It is tough being a youngster in the team because you have so many players ahead of you in the pecking order, but it is chance for me to learn from the very best because our team is loaded with experienced players,” explains Pule.

“This season we have a new coach and a new philosophy and I still have to learn. I have to adapt to whichever position I want to play so that I can get a sight of how I can influence the team to play and win because I might not be used atright-back only.”

The talented and versatile 23-year-old player is a product of the club’s development structures. And after only two years as a junior he is proud to see many more players being brought through the academy structures.

Furthermore, the Soweto born-player feels that many youngsters should take a leaf out of his book at the beginning of their careers.

“When I got promoted to the first team three seasons ago my ambition was fulfilled. As a footballer you want to progress in life and you want to play with, against and be the best,” adds Pule.

When I got promoted to the first team, it did not come as a shock to me and it did not overwhelm me because I saw it as an opportunity to work even harder and I was not star struck about sharing the same dressing room with famous players.

“Most of the guys I had played against when I was young and the style of play was not different because it is how I had played in my amateur days and that helped me to settle in quite well.

“Practically moving from the club’s reserve team to the first team was not a big deal because it was just learning how to personally adapt to a new coach only,” concluded the rising star.

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