AJAX Cape Town have had a topsy-turvy season and captain Brett Evans is looking for a strong finish when the league commences on February 3.
The Urban Warriors left-back has been out with an injury for the past three months and is hoping the new year will give him and his teammates some luck.
"It has been frustrating being out of action. This has been the most up and down season I've ever had as a professional footballer and we just need to remain consistent," Evans said.
"We have a good bunch of players and a good coach and we have been working harder than ever before," Evans said.
While describing their Dutch coach Foppe de Haan as "very good", Evans admitted that the departure of Muhsin Ertugral was a blow for them.
"They are completely different in their approach to the game. De Haan has a very impressive CV and is known all over the world. He is more of a grandfather figure. Muhsin, on the other hand, was very strict but that was only because he wanted us to work hard."
Evans also expressed his heartache at missing out on the Bafana squad in camp in Durban preparing for the World Cup.
"It has been disappointing to be out for such a long time. This has been one of the toughest things I have had to deal with. My motivation now is to help the team finish within the top five and also do well in the Cup games.
"The poor results we got before the break have not dampened our spirits. We want to collect as many points as possible in our remaining matches to finish in the top five," said the man popularly known as Van Damme.