Kerryn Jordan recently joined the Moroka Swallows camp after a rather frustrating last season spent at Manning Rangers, where he was plagued by injury and then forced to watch from the sidelines as Alton Meiring and Gilbert Mushangazike became the preferred choice as the Durban club's strikers.
But it looks like Jordan could be back to his best as he enjoys a new lease of life at the Beautiful Birds. He came off the bench in Sunday's game against Zulu Royals and created quite an impression with his direct style of play, while also earning the Birds a point with an expertly taken volley on the turn.
Kerryn spoke to Morokaswallows.com about his performance and his aims for the season.
On Sunday's game against Zulu Royals...
Obviously we were unhappy with the result - we all felt that we deserved the three points. I was disappointed to have missed a couple of chances, although at least I was able to open my goalscoring account. Whenever I play I always give 100% for my team, whether it be for one half or for the whole game, and I like to put the opposing defenders under pressure from the word go, and not allow them to settle, which is what I did on Sunday.
It is important that we win games in order to keep the pressure on the front runners in the league, and we hope to bounce back against Santos this afternoon.
On how the Moroka Swallows squad is shaping up...
I think the team is shaping up very nicely - we have a very talented group of players at the moment. The fact that a number of players have been out with injuries or suspensions has allowed others the chance to show what they can do, and no-one that has come into the team has let the side down. This will create a good level of competition for places in the starting line-up, which is always a healthy situation to have.
On his fellow strikers at Swallows...
We have a number of good strikers in the squad, and although we are all fighting for the same place, we still have a good relationship with one another. All that I can do is play to the best of my abilities, and then it is up to the coach to decide who makes the starting XI.
During the preseason I played a number of games with Denis Lota, and I feel that we have a good understanding with one another and have the potential to form a lethal combination, but as I said, it's up to the manager to decide on who plays, and I will always be ready to give 100%, no matter where or with whom I play.
On his future...
Look, obviously all players dream of a big move to Europe, but at the moment I am very content to be part of the Swallows setup and intend to make sure that we win a cup competition and also manage to challenge strongly for league honours.
I have had my fair share of injuries in the past, and so my main aim at the moment is to show that I am over those problems, and can still be the player that I was, if not even better.
On who Kerryn models his game on...
I don't model my game on anyone in particular. No two players are the same and I feel that the bottom line for a striker is to put the ball in the back of the net, no matter what style of soccer you play.
On Wednesday's game against Santos...
We certainly respect Santos, not only for their past achievements, but they have also been looking good this season, so it promises to be a tough game. I think though, that playing at the Rand Stadium, which has a massive pitch, will definitely benefit us, because it will allow our classy wingers, Lucas Sebona and Edzai Kasinauyo (who returns from suspension), the opportunity and space to run at Santos and create havoc in their defence.
We definitely have the ability to come away with all three points, and that is what we intend to do this afternoon.