PSL move could revive former Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus' career, says Shaun Bartlett

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The former South Africa under-20 international, who spent the second round of the 2016/17 season out loan at French side Lens, is now a free agent

University of Pretoria head coach Shaun Bartlett has urged South Africa international Kermit Erasmus to consider coming back home.

Erasmus was recently released by French side Rennes after failing to make any impact at the Ligue 1 outfit during his two-year spell with the club.

Bartlett, who is a former South Africa international, stated that playing in the Absa Premiership for Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns would help revive Erasmus' Bafana Bafana career.

“When you are overseas, we know that you are not in the limelight, people don’t see you," Bartlett told The Citizen.

"So, if he want to get his national team career back on track, returning to the PSL would be a good option to consider," he continued. 

Erasmus joined Rennes from Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates midway through the 2016/17 campaign. 

The 27-year-old striker was reportedly on the radar of the Buccaneers ahead of the current 2017/18 season, but Erasmus remained with Rennes.

“Obviously, you want to stay in Europe for as long as you can and see which options are available," the retired striker added.

Bartlett, who had a successful career in Europe during his playing days, returned home American side MetroStars to join Cape Town Spurs in 1997.

The former Lamontville Golden Arrows coach  left Spurs for Swiss side FC Zurich the following year, before returning home in 2006 after signing for Kaizer Chiefs.

"But he needs to find a team where he will get game time, because his one disappointment with the club he was with right was not getting game time," the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker concluded.

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Erasmus, who was nurtured in the SuperSport United academy, rejoined the club following an unsuccessful spell with Dutch side Feyernood in 2010.

Pirates signed the diminutive striker from Matsatsantsa ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.