Highlands Park veteran defender Bevan Fransman, who turns 37 in October has no intention of hanging up his boots and insists that he is in ‘good shape’ and raring to go after lockdown.
At 36, Fransman is almost at the end of his football career that has seen him taste UEFA Champions league football during his spell in Europe, win several cup competitions, including back-to-back Israeli Cups with Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2011 and 2012, the Nedbank Cup with SuperSport United and earned 19 Bafana Bafana caps.
Now, with his contract with Highlands coming to an end in June, Fransman says negotiations for a new deal are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic which caused most major sporting leagues around the world to suspend play, that includes the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
“For me, even before lockdown, the plan was to continue next season. I think the condition I find myself in, body wise, even fitness wise, I’m still in good shape, despite the 36 years in my legs,” said Fransman in an interview with SuperSport.com.
“Before the Christmas break I didn’t feature much but after it, I came back into the team and I played eight, nine successive games without any blemish.”
In the 2019/20 PSL season, the centre-back has made 17 appearances in all competitions for Highlands.
“I’m in the same boat with a lot of other players where everything has been put on pause with these circumstances. Negotiations would normally have started for next season around this time but now I think not many people are making plans until they see what happens,” added the ex-Bafana defender.
“Yes, most definitely (itching to play). This thing, playing football is in your blood and you cannot get rid of it! It’s an itch that always need scratching!”
Fransman went on to say that says it is still possible to complete the season amid the covid-19 pandemic. “It’s going to take a lot of organisation from clubs and management, a lot of discipline from players. I think logistically it will be quite testing, considering that we have such a huge country.
“Then there is also the question of location. Where do we play the games? There is talk of neutral venues. Are all the clubs going to be happy with that? I think there are still a lot of hurdles that need to be passed before we even get to the point of playing again. But you know what, I think extreme circumstances call for extreme measures,” he said.
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