SuperSport United hitman Bradley Grobler reveals he is feeling leaner and meaner this season.
Grobler grabbed a brace in a 3-0 win over Chippa United on Friday night taking his tally to 10 goals so far this season. Grobler, who is on the same number as AmaZulu’s Bongi Ntuli and Kazier Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovic, trail top scorer Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates by two goals.
“It’s nice to be scoring, I must be honest but for me after the last few seasons I have had, what’s even better is to be playing games week in and week out and finishing the games.
“For me the number one goal is to be on the field playing and the goals are just bonus. Happy to be playing and scoring,” Grobler told FARPost.
“I must say I felt better this season than I have felt for the last six, seven years. I feel I have got a bit younger. Even in the last few years, when I was fit and playing I could never finish 90 minutes but now I am doing it week in and week out, I am feeling very good.”
Grobler, who turned 31 on Saturday, seems to have shrugged off the niggling injuries that have tormented him in recent seasons, where his performances have been inconsistent.
The Benoni born striker credits proper preseason as the reason for his longevity so far this season.
“In terms of injuries, the groin has bothered me for a long time. Post-surgery, have not bothered me again. It started from preseason having a hard solid preseason.
“The last few years I didn’t have hard preseason. I would be pulled out of training because of injuries before. I was kind of looked after maybe too much whereas this season I have pretty much finished every day of training during preseason. It’s been a point of training harder and the new trainers and the medical team at the club have been very good. It’s a combination of everything,” said the Bafana Bafana striker.
The most league goals Grobler has scored in a season was during his Platinum Stars days where he found the net 14 times. This season, bar injuries, the marksman might surpass it.
“For any striker, you want to score as many goals as possible. At the start of the season, I didn’t really set targets for myself in terms of goals. For me my main target this season was to be on the field more regularly, finishing games and playing as many minutes as I can. The goals would just be a bonus.
“Thanks goodness the goals are coming and the appearances are there as well so I am very happy,” he said.
By Hosea Ramphekwa