Pattison in full training with new club Bidvest Wits

The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder is getting back to full fitness with the Clever Boys after recovering from an injury
Matthew Pattison is in full training with his new club after signing for Bidvest Wits from Santos and believes the Students will have something to offer in the new season.

The hard-working midfielder only arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday, taking part in his second training today and although it is still early days he says he likes what he sees, even if he does hate pre-season training.

“It is early days. I only arrived yesterday (Wednesday) and had my first session yesterday afternoon and this morning my second one, but yes it has been good.

“They have great facilities here and I have met everyone and they are all good guys.

“I have met Roger (de Sa) a few times and I have seen him the last couple of days, and I am excited - he is a good coach and he has good backroom staff.”

Speaking to BackpageTxt after his first bleep test of the season Pattison explained how he felt, “As a footballer you never enjoy pre-season, but obviously it has to be done, so you try and give your best and get yourself ready for the actual football which we all enjoy.

Pattison is only one of a number of signings that have included the likes of Tinashe Nengomasha, Tlou Molekwane and Thomas Sweswe to name but a few.

And while Wits look to strengthen their defensive and midfield departments many believe they will struggle to find the back of the net upfront, but not Pattison, who believes Wits have what it takes to pick up some silverware.

“I don’t particularly think so. We have some good strikers upfront and the (transfer) window is open till the end of August, so we have time to bring new players in upfront as well – you never know what is going to happen, but hopefully now we have players who can supply a lot more to the strikers and get some more goals.

“I think with the players we have here at Wits we can definitely challenge and be up there.

“We don’t want to be over ambitious, but the players are here for everyone to see and they are players who are challenging every season at the top with their previous clubs – there is no reason why we can’t do that at Wits now,” concluded the 25-year-old midfielder.