Dolly admits Gasset's arrival helped him settle at Montpellier

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The diminutive winger is all fired up and excited with the prospects the new coach at Montpellier brings forth

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Keagan Dolly says the arrival of Jean-Louis Gasset has brought a wind of change at his French club Montpellier and has everyone including him extremely excited.

The Bafana Bafana winger has played seven matches, starting four and three coming from the bench since Gasset replaced Frederic Hantz in January two days after the Dolly’s arrival.

“With the change of coaches, when the new coach came in he gave everybody an opportunity to prove themselves. And I think that helped me a lot,” Dolly told The Sowetan.

Montpellier have been struggling in the French top flight this season as they hover just above the relegation zone in 15th place.

“It’s a small city, it’s a very small team and we haven’t been doing quite well,” Dolly said.

“When I went there I told myself that I needed to work hard and forget about South Africa, and just try to prove myself and represent myself well," he added.

“And hopefully one day then many more players from South Africa could go to Europe,” Dolly stated.

Dolly believes the experience of playing with the under-23s at the Olympics in Rio last year, and winning the Caf Champions League and participating at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan with Downs has helped his smooth transition to Europe.

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“The competition when we play international games is very high,” Dolly said.

“Fortunately for me, I’ve played in the Club World Cup and the Olympics and I got a taste of what’s it like playing international football," he indicated.

“And I think for me it’s just been to go to Europe and try to prove to the other youngsters in the country that it’s possible. And just to inspire them,” Dolly concluded.