SA's Ntlhe finds new home in England

SA's Ntlhe finds new home in England

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 28, 2017. 14:00

English club Rochdale AFC have announced the signing of South Africa international Kgosi Ntlhe.

The left-back underwent a successful trial stint at the English League One side, before sealing his move to the club.

Ntlhe, who was released by English outfit Stevenage earlier this month, played for Rochdale against FC Halifax, Middlesbrough and Barnsley during pre-season.

The 23-year-old told Rochdale's official website that he is delighted to have signed a contract with the club.

“I’m very happy. I’ve been here for a few weeks now, training with the boys. At first it was quite tough, but now I’m used to it and I’m really enjoying my time here," he said.

“I’ve been wanting to work with him (Rochdale manager Keith Hill) for a very long time and he’s a very good manager.

“He’s demanding. He never lets you rest. He’s always on your back and I think that’s what most players need," he continued.

“I’m happy to come back and play in League One, especially for the Gaffer, because I’ve been wanting to play for him for a few years now, and I’m glad to have that chance.”

Ntlhe had a chat with former Rochdale player Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who he was teammates with at Peterborough United, before coming to Dale.

“I spoke to Mendez last year and he mentioned Joe [Bunney] was doing really well, so it’s unfortunate that he’s injured. Hopefully when he’s back we can compete against each other and it will bring the best out of me and Joe," he added.

“He [NML] also told us the Manager is very demanding and that’s the type of person I need.”

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