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Get to know James Keene

James Keene was born on the 26th of December 1985 in Wells, England. His senior career started in 2004 at Portsmouth and he has continued to gain experience by making 262 appearances for 12 different clubs including Boston United, North East United and Newbury and scoring a staggering 53 goals.

Q: What brought about the move to South Africa?

A: I have been in the game for a long time and know a lot of people. I was with Kaizer Chiefs in February and March last year. Things never materialised and this went out in the press. Stuart Baxter recommended Bidvest Wits to me saying it is a very good and well run professional club. Stuart has a relationship with Gavin Hunt and Jose Ferreira and suggested that I should check it out. That’s exactly what I did and now I am here.

Q: What do you think made Bidvest Wits the perfect team for you?

A: I came to watch a game last November, and I think The Clever Boys play the kind of football that suits me very well. They play into the forwards early, keep the ball and play it back. Gavin was looking for that kind of striker so it suited us both. 

Q: What are your thoughts on the team and their performance thus far in the season?

A: Obviously they are doing really well. They are joint at the top of the league with Mamelodi Sundowns. They just need to continue with their winning ways, everyone wants to win the league and we are going to work hard to do that. 

Q: What kind of pressure is on you – we have strikers but we need to be putting the ball into the back of the net more regularly.

A: I have heard that a few times actually, of course you feel the pressure coming into a new club being a foreign player. Being a striker there are naturally expectations.

Q: What do you expect from yourself with regards to your performance?

A: To work hard for the team and play well in each an every game. I want to win things with the club and I would like Bidvest Wits to win the league and I would like to be a big part of that.

Q: Where would you like to take the partnership between you and Bidvest Wits?

A: I would like to stay as long as possible, it feels really good here and I have a good connection with the players. The club has a fantastic dressing room, smiles and happy people but when it is time to work we work hard.  I like the way Bidvest Wits play football and I have been looked after well here.