Transfer Wrap: Schalkwyk and Yakubu up in the air

In this transfer wrap Maritzburg United releases Smeekes, Mohammed and Peterson, while journeyman Schalkwyk wants to make a comeback in the PSL, Goal investigates
Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player Gert Schalkwyk, who had defences on their toes is eyeing a return to the big-time. He is currently at home training with BC Lions in the ABC Motsepe League following a spell in Cyprus with Bostanci Bagcil last year.

The 32-year-old Klerksdorp-born playmaker, whose last Premiership club was Santos, hasn't given up on a return to the big-time, Goal sources close to the player can confirm.

It is going to be difficult for him to attract offers from many a Premiership outfit based on the fact that he is in the twilight of his career and have a record of ill-discipline and has been on the sidelines for too long, something which his representative Mike Makaab of ProSport International vindicates to Goal.

"Look, I'm not sure if we will get him a club before the season starts. The fact that he has been out of the game for as long as he has been and nearing the end of his career are factors that could hinder his prospects of a return to the top-flight, but we are very much hopeful." Makaab told Goal.

Paye, as he is affectionately known, has been a journeyman in the PSL, having had spells at Free State Stars, Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United.

Before moving to Cyprus, he declined an offer from Moroka Swallows.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg United have released Orlando Smeekes, Yakubu Mohammed and defender Peter Peterson. The news was confirmed by club boss Farouk Kadodia on Monday evening.

"We are not renewing the contracts of Orlando and Peter and we have also decided to release our striker from Ghana," Kadodia told SAPA.

"Regarding Orlando, we felt it was better to let him go because of his wage package which would've taken a lot of strain on us and also his troubles with injury, which cost us a lot last season. This is another factor that led to our decision to off-load him.

"Peter was in pretty much in the same situation with his injury prone nature as you are well aware, while Yakubu hasn't set the scene alight as we had hoped when we brought him in. I mean he only scored two goals the entire season and that was enough vindication to let him go as he's nowhere near a prolific finisher," Kadodia added.

The Team of Choice has already lost their captain Michael Morton to Supersport United and Ruben Cloete to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Players like Moffat Mdluli, Thanduyise Khuboni and Giorgi Nergadze are probable replacements for the departed Morton.