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The Buccaneers defender is likely to decide on his future and make a move away from the Soweto club in the next month or so

Orlando Pirates will allow out of favour defender Ruben Cloete to leave during the off-season following the acquisition of two other left-backs in the last six months.

In January Pirates snapped up Thabo Matlaba who, despite being versatile, has been playing at left-back since his arrival, while Patrick Phungwayo has also been linked to the club.

Pirates also have Lizo Mjempu and Sibusiso Mxoyana – although both could also be loaned out – vying for the left-back position, while Lucky Lekgwathi is also capable of filling in their.

Lucas Thwala, who still belongs to Pirates but was loaned out to Platinum Stars for the last half of last season, is also at home at left-back, as is teenager Siyabonga Zulu – who was loaned out to First Division club Blackburn Rovers this past season.

With the left-back position more than covered, Pirates will cut down their personnel for the position by moving Cloete out.

After enjoying a solid first season at Pirates, in which he played 32 games under Ruud Krol, the 29-year-old fell out favour during the past season and ended up playing just half that number of matches.

It seems that Cloete has already been offered to Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Maritzburg United, who are all in the market for a left-back.