Every player at Bidvest Wits for sale, says coach Hunt

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Gavin Hunt has conceded that every player at Bidvest Wits is for sale, even though his desire is to keep every member of his current squad.

The Students have made some major changes to their roster over the winter with the likes of Darren Keet, Vuyo Mere, Edwin Gyimah and Daylon Claasen all shipped out.

Speculation in recent days has also linked Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo with a move away from the Bidvest Stadium.

However, Hunt’s hope is to keep those that have remained behind together.

Hlatshwayo, undoubtedly one of the best centre backs in the country, has been linked to Orlando Pirates.

While around eight players have made way, Wits have also gone out and signed a few new players. Zitha Macheke, Siyanda Zwane, Sameehg Doutie, Ivan Mahangwahaya and Carl Lark have arrived, along with pre-contract signings Brandon Petersen, Prince Nxumalo and Phathutshedzo Nange.

Hunt says he is still in the process of finalising his team for 2019/20, which kicks off in just over a week.

Wits finished the Absa Premiership season in third place last season and they begin the new campaign against AmaZulu in Durban next Saturday.

The Students led the league for a large portion of 2018/19, before stumbling towards the end. Hunt says they only have themselves to blame for the poor finish to the term, which was eventually won by Mamelodi Sundowns.

Hunt is one of the most successful coaches in PSL history having won the title four times in his career already.

Three of those championships came with SuperSport United in the late 2000s, before he secured his first Premiership win with Wits in 2016/17.

He will now be bidding for his fifth title, but the 54-year-old says that those records are not something he takes too much notice of. – Report by Thahir Asmal