Kaizer Chiefs star Stanton Fredericks is hoping to ply his trade in Europe and will leave South Africa next month after the Euro 2004 Championships in a bid to secure an overseas contract.
The Bafana Bafana international has been an integral part of Kaizer Chiefs Castle Premiership winning team this season and had established himself as an industrious midfielder with pace, skill and a booming shot.
First stop for Fredericks will be Portugal, where he is expected to undergo a two-week trial with First Division side Beira Mar and will then move to Belgium for another trial with a one of the country's leading clubs.
However, the 27-year-old's agent Steven Kapeluschnik revealed that Fredericks is sad at leaving the Amakhosi, where he has matured as a player following his move from Wits University in 2001
"Fredericks was very happy at Chiefs. He leaves on good terms. But the reason he is going is that he reckons at the age of 27 it is now or never if he is to stand a chance of playing in Europe," said Kapeluschnik.
"He leaves Chiefs with a heavy heart, but he is determined to improve his skills. The only way he can do that is by pitting his skills with the best in Europe and that is what he intends doing."
Fredericks is rumoured to favour a move to Portugal, where fellow Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy is plying his trade with Portuguese and European champions Porto.