Bartlett negotiating with PSL champs

Matome Lebea

Matome Lebea

Former Charlton Athletic and Kaizer Chiefs goal poacher Shaun Bartlett is on the verge of signing for SuperSport United for the new season.

This was evident when Bartlett featured in United's two matches at the Mopani Executive Mayor's Charity Cup on Saturday at NkowaNkowa stadium.

The Cape Town-born striker confirmed that he had parted ways with Chiefs.

"I am involved in negotiations with United's management with the hope of signing with them before the beginning of the new season. I am comfortable with their style of play and hope to regain top form with them," Bartlett said.

Bartlett was apparently offered a development coaching post at Chiefs, something that did not go down well with him as he still wanted to play.

Gavin Hunt, United's mentor, said Bartlett's presence would add value to his team's strike force.

"My wish is to sign him soon to ensure that he features in our pre-season matches," Hunt said.

Meanwhile, Sapa reports that former Chiefs defensive stalwart Fabian McCarthy says he holds no grudges towards anyone in the Naturena-based side after his shock departure.

McCarthy's contract with the Naturena side was not renewed last Friday after he served them for six years.

"I'm not disappointed for leaving Chiefs, I think it's time to look for new challenges elsewhere. I'm very grateful for what Chiefs have done for me since I joined them from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2002. It was an honour for me to play for a big club in South Africa and Africa like Chiefs," said McCarthy.

The calm and strong defender said he is still in the dark about his future, referring the issue to Prosport International's Mike Makaab, his agent.

Makaab could not be reached for comment.

Teams like SuperSport United, Thanda Royal Zulu, Bloemfontein Celtic and National First Division outfit Mpumalanga Black Aces are said to be interested in McCarthy .