MORGAN: THE PSL HAS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS
3 March 2020
Maritzburg United’s New Zealand-born left-back Dan Morgan says he has been impressed by the standard of football in South Africa.
Morgan joined the Team of Choice ahead of the current season and has started 15 of United’s 23 Absa Premiership matches, with a further appearance off the subs bench, as well featuring in four cup games.
It’s a long way from home for the Kiwi, and although he spoke to a couple of his countrymen who previously played or are currently playing in the PSL, it was still to a degree a leap of faith which he took in coming to South Africa.
And he’s very pleased with how it’s worked out.
“It was kind of the unknown,” Morgan revealed. “I didn’t know much about the country, the lifestyle, so the adventure brought me along. It’s panned out well and the league is going well.
“The league is very high paced, with a lot of technically-gifted players. Stuff like that brings you to the country.
“It’s probably exceeded my expectation. How athletically gifted the players are. Speed, power, seeing it first-hand exceeded my expectations and it took a bit of adapting to.”
It has also made the transition a bit easier by having another New Zealander at the club, in Jeremy Brockie, currently on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.
“It’s helped me a lot, having another Kiwi here,” the 29-year-old Morgan said. “A guy who has been here for long and knows the ins and outs of the league. He’s helped me settle in and it’s always nice to have someone with the same accent.
“I’ve known him from back home, he’s so good for team culture. He’s got such a wealth of experience, wealth of knowledge in this league, so it’s perfect for the young boys to gain tips and learn from him.”
For now, Morgan is focussed on helping his team get another positive result on Friday night, when Maritzburg host Polokwane City at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
“The boys know how good it is to be at home with the fans, the extra boost they give us as the 12th man. Teams that come here know that record and how hard it is to come to our fortress. It plays into our hands and we want to keep that run going.”