James Keene: I'm not feeling the pressure to perform at SuperSport United

The 32-year-old former Clever Boys forward downplays feeling under pressure at his new club, but he wants to win trophies with United

New SuperSport United striker James Keene says he is settling in smoothly with his new teammates in Tshwane.

The English-born forward joined United at the end of last season from Bidvest Wits after spending two seasons in Braamfontein.

Keene told Goal that he wants to score goals for the reigning MTN8 Cup champions because winning trophies has become a culture at the club.

When asked about feeling the pressure of finding the back of the net on a regular basis considering the club’s lacklustre run last season, Keene was quick to admit that Kaitano Tembo’s men have done well.

Matsantsantsa qualified for the 2018/19 MTN8 Cup because Ajax Cape Town were docked points for fielding Tendai Ndoro.

The decision resulted after the club protested against the Zimbabwean's eligibility. They replaced AmaZulu, who initially finished in the top eight bracket, but the striker said his new teamamtes have had a great 2017/18 PSL campaign.

Although United struggled to find their best form since their loss to TP Mazembe in 2017, Keene insists that his new club has done exceptionally well.

The 32-year-old forward also revealed that having a skipper of Dean Furman’s calibre means the club is in safe hands.

Moreover, he praised Tembo for being a great leader as the club is yet to find Eric Tinkler’s successor, althought it looks like the Zimbabwean mentor will lead the 2017 Caf Confederation Cup finalists in the upcoming season.

“Yes, I am settling down very well, the guys have been friendly and I am happy to be here,” Keene told Goal .

“We have a good squad here and good teammates and it’s quite easy to settle down because I am experienced and they are as well,” he added.

“We have a great team capable of dishing out good football and winning trophies. We also have a great coach and those things have made it easy for me,” he continued.

“Everyone is pulling towards the same direction and they didn’t have a bad season. Talking about feeling the pressure, there is none at all,” he responded.

“The guys achieved a lot last season - they reached the top eight finals and won it, they played the Caf Confederation Cup final - would you say they had a bad season?” quizzed the forward.

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“I don’t think so, but look, people will always talk but I am looking forward to challenges and happy to have Dean here as our skipper,

“We always spend time together in South Africa and pretty much the whole time. He is a fantastic captain and his presence has definitely made it easy for me to adjust,” said the former Portsmouth striker.

“I am not new to the PSL, my teammates know my qualities and I have scored against the team (United) and we have a great fan base, very supportive and am looking forward to the new season and better things with the guys,” he concluded.