Orlando Pirates have confirmed currently having a squad of around 45 players but have promised to reduce the number.
Having already confirmed signing nine new players, while also welcoming players returning from loan from respective clubs, Bucs will be expected to release some of the players from their current squad either on loan or permanently, before the start of the season.
The Buccaneers have already returned from their off-season break to begin their preparations for the new season.
“Holiday season is over here at Pirates. It’s all hands on deck as Micho Sredojevic and his technical team prepare to take the boys through their paces in pre-season. While the world sits back and enjoys the 2018 FIFA World Cup spectacle in Russia, Orlando Pirates Technical Team have summoned their players back to work as they begin their preparations ahead of the start of the 2018/19 campaign,” Pirates confirmed on the club’s official website.
“After spending almost a month away from the training field, Orlando Pirates players returned to work last week for their medical assessments. The assessments are an integral part of the club’s preseason programme as the club’s Sports Scientist, Warren Engelbrecht explains:
“Before any work starts, we need to know at what level our players are at. This is a very important aspect of pre-season because without knowing what level your players are, you may end up with a lot of injuries. As a strength and conditioning department, our job is to ensure that we prepare the players to be able to endure what will be a gruelling season.
“Over the past week, we made sure that all players undergo medical and screening tests. The coaches can start their respective programmes on Monday knowing that the players are ready for action,” Engelbrecht told Bucs’ website.
The club has confirmed that action on the training field for Pirates begins today.
“Action is what the players can expect today as the coaches welcome them for their first physical session. Both the coaches and the strength and conditioning team will be tasked with burning off some of the extra kilos that the players gained over their post-season break.
“As is tradition for most clubs during pre-season, teams tend to begin their programmes with bloated squads. For the Buccaneers, it will be no different. The current squad complement for the Technical Team to deal with sits at around 45 however, as the pre-season progresses, the Technical Team will reduce the playing complement to a manageable number closer to the start of the 2018/19 season,” confirmed the Soweto giants.
At the start of last season, Bucs had 39 registered players in their squad for the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign.