It's good to be home: Buckley
DELRON Buckley, the latest South African to return from Europe towards the end of his career, has described his decision to come back home as the best of his career.
The former Bafana Bafana winger signed a two-year deal with Maritzburg United and was one of three signings unveiled by the club yesterday. Midfielder Mthokozisi Yende, on a season-long loan from Kaizer Chiefs, and Dutchman Orlando Smeekes from German third division club SVW Wiesbaden were the other two new acquisitions.
"I've been around to lots of countries, been in lots of teams, met lots of different characters but it's good to be back home," Buckley said. "It's not going to be easy for me because I've never played in the Premier Soccer League before. I hope it won't take long for me to adapt."
The Durban-born 34-year-old left for Europe aged 15, playing for clubs such as current German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in his 19 years abroad. He last played for the national team in a 1-0 loss to Nigeria in 2008.
United coach Ernst Middendorp has signed Buckley before, at Cyprus club Anorthosis. But the coach was fired two weeks after Buckley's arrival.
"There were three other club options, I won't mention the teams, but Maritzburg United were very professional in the way they did everything," he said.
Yende sees the move as the ideal opportunity to get the game time he had been starved of in his tenure at Kaizer Chiefs.
"I haven't taken the move as a (career) setback because I might get game time this side," he said.