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Hartley Signs For Maritzurg United 16/08/04
Mvela Golden League club Maritzburg United have shown that they mean business this season by securing the services of former Bafana Bafana international Junaid Hartley.

The Pietermaritzburg side have just returned from a week long training camp in Port Shepstone, and former Bafana Bafana coach Trott Moloto confirmed to SASoccer365's Anthony McLennan that they have secured Hartley's signature.

"Yes, we have signed Junaid. I personally believe that he has a lot to offer in terms of football," said Moloto.

"He was in the same class as the likes of Benni McCarthy and Quinton Fortune in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and I believe he has the potential to achieve what those players have.

"I coached him at U-17 level, and I believe that his true potential has never been unearthed. I am hopeful that he is now ready to realise his full potential at Maritzburg United and at the same time help the club in it's quest for promotion."

When asked if he had any worries over the ill-discipline which the skilful midfielder has displayed in the past, Moloto said that he did not think this would be a problem.

"I have spoken to Junaid about this, and he said that he has realised the mistakes which he has made.

"He has assured me that he wants to focus on his game and aims to play in the next World Cup for South Africa - I can certainly guide him that direction," said the former Bafana Bafana coach.

At 26-years-old, Hartley is already vastly experienced, having played at Wits, RC Lens (France), Vitoria Setubal (Portugal), Seven Stars, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town and Jomo Cosmos, and he will now be finally hoping to settle down and get his career back on track.

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