Swallows head coach Brandon Truter believes striker Ruzaigh Gamildien “is in a better place” after he was destabilised by the negotiations for a possible transfer to Kaizer Chiefs in the latter stage of last campaign.
According to Truter, Gamildien is now fully focused on Swallows after scoring a brace against Orlando Pirates on Saturday which ultimately sealed Swallows’ place in the MTN8 semifinals, where they will tackle Cape Town City.
Gamildien ended the 2020/21 season fourth on the Top Goal Scorer’s charts with 11 goals, but the former Chippa United hitman suffered a dip in form in the second half of last season.
And Truter is of the opinion that the transfer speculation on Gamildien’s potential move to Chiefs distracted the striker.
“He’s in a better space. I think last season when the news broke in the media that he might be going to Chiefs, and that there were talks he would be joining them, that disturbed his rhythm,” Truter said.
“But the deal fell through, basically, I think, because of the duration of the contract and what Chiefs were offering.
“And I’m just happy for our chairman [David Mogashoa], and that we could step in and better the deal for Gamildien to stay here at Swallows.
Truter added: “That brought stability. And I think once the player is stable and the coach is happy with him, also the players around him are gelling so much, the family atmosphere at Swallows is huge, and Gamildien is part of that family.
“And he also plays that part in keeping that change room and the atmosphere going. So a stable player, a happy player, will perform like this, and I’m just happy for him,” concluded the Swallows mentor.
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By Tokelo Mokhesi