Maritzburg United coach, Eric Tinkler, is pleased that he got a good gauge of where his side is in terms of preparation for the next season after their friendly with Polokwane City FC on Wednesday.

Maritzburg are spending the week in Limpopo’s capital as they intensify training for the new campaign.

Tinkler says the friendly helped him look at some of the trialists at the club including Daylen Classen, Dan Morgan and Thamsanqa Sangweni.

Tinkler hopes to wrap up transfer business by the end of the Polokwane camp to concentrate of getting the team to gel.

The coach happy is to have some continuity in the squad after parting ways with five players.

The Team of Choice have two pre-season tournaments they will compete in after the Limpopo camp, the inaugural Msunduzi Cup and the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Premier Cup.

The former South African international appreciates the competitive tournaments, especially because Maritzburg started pre-season slightly late.

The former Orlando Pirates mentor knows last season’s promotion/relegation play-offs will be at the back of his charges’ heads, but he wants them to approach the new campaign with fresh minds. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago