Orlando Pirates midfielder pens new deal ahead of new season

An Orlando Pirates midfielder has signed a new contract ahead of the 2024/25 season as the club continues its minor squad restructuring.

A one week after the conclusion of the season, the Buccaneers let go of Souaibou Marou, Fortune Makaringe, Thabang Monare, Kermit Erasmus, Richad Ofori and Siyabonga Mpontshane.

Innocent Maela and Sandile Mthethwa, are among other players that have been rumored to be leaving the club, but they are currently still members of the team.

Miguel Timm’s contract was going to run out at the end of this month but the club has extended his stay with one year and an option to extend with a further year.

The midfielder signed for the Sea Robbers in 2022 following a stellar campaign with Marumo Gallants. He was quick to establish himself as a regular and a vital cog in the team’s middle of the park.

Despite not yet scoring, Timm has made 65 appearances across all competitions in the past two seasons. During this time, he has been part of the team that won four trophies – two MTN8s and two Nedbank Cups.

ORLANDO PIRATES ANNOUNCE MIDFIELDER’S CONTRACT EXTENSION

“Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that Miguel Timm has signed a new deal,” Pirates confirmed in a statement.

“The 32-year-old midfielder’s current contract was due to expire at the end of the month, but he has now put pen to paper to extend his stay at the club, keeping him on board the Bucs ship for the 2024/25 campaign, including an option for an additional season.

“Since his arrival in 2022, Timm has established himself as a key cog of the Pirates team and he has gone on to register 63 matches – winning four cups.

“Everyone at Orlando Pirates is delighted with the news and we wish Timm the very best for the coming season.”

POSSIBLE ARRIVALS 

While the club is said to have exercised its option of permanently acquiring Thalente Mbatha following his successful six-month loan spell from SuperSport United, no official confirmation has been made yet.

They are also said to be closing in on completing the signing of the Angolan winger Gilberto from Petro de Luanda. The two clubs have reportedly agreed on a transfer while the player is set to travel to South Africa to hold talks for personal terms with the Soweto giants.

Pirates have also been linked with Stanley Nwabali, Oswin Appollis, Kegan Johannes and etc.

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