Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has declared his readiness to challenge for the number one jersey in the 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
With the Buccaneers having four goalkeepers in their squad for the new season, the former Mamelodi Sundowns net-minder admits there is pressure to perform.
“I will put more focus on what I have done right last season, the award [Pirates' Goalkeeper of the Season award] is a sign that I was doing something right,” he said to Isolezwe.
“There will be challenges obviously, but I will have to keep working hard and ensure I make my dreams come true,” he added.
“As we start a new season, what happened last season is history and I must now focus on the future and what I must do for the club,” said the Benoni-born net minder.
Sandilands joined the Ghosts last season and started the campaign as number one, but fell down the pecking order as the season progressed.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic handed the number one shirt to Siyabonga Mpontshane as the ex-Platinum Stars keeper conceded three goals against the reigning league champions at Orlando Stadium in their 3-1 loss back in November.
“I tried to catch the rhythm of the team last season, and I worked hard to reach the level I wanted,” he continued.
“It was not easy because we had to do better than the previous season, but I am happy with how we started the previous season,” said the 2016 African champion.
“We must build on that performance and progress this season because I have laid a great foundation for myself and the club,” he urged.
“I think there is pressure now, but in a team like Pirates, there will always be pressure because we have to fight and win trophies,” he admitted.
“As a player, I want to be under that pressure and prove it that I can do better for the club by showing my worth,” said Sandilands.
“We must win trophies and as players, we want to contribute in the club’s history,” said the 34-year-old.
“I can say it is good pressure and I hope we can be able to cope as players and bring silverware this season,” he concluded.
Sandilands featured in 12 matches in all competitions for the Soweto giants and conceded nine goals.