Exclusive - Bevan stays a 'Bird'

Moroka Swallows defender Bevan Fransman will remain with the 'Beautiful Birds' until the end of the 2007/08 season, at least, after his move to Israel fell through on Thursday.

The tough as teak defender was set to play for Ashdod FC in Israel's Premier League, after Fransman's agent opted to exercise the buy-out clause to move his client away from Swallows halfway during the '07/08 season.

A delighted Swallows CEO Leon Prins told "This is great news for the club, I am very happy that Bevan will be staying at Swallows until the end of this season at least."

Prins, meanwhile, has no doubt that Fransman will give his all for Swallows after the African Cup of Nations in Ghana, where he is currently representing South Africa.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Bevan will give everything to the club when he returns," said Prins, who added that "Bevan would not let his near-departure affect his performances for Swallows".

"Bevan is a tough and committed player, nothing fazes him and he will slot right in when he returns from Ghana."

Swallows are currently in fifth place in the Absa Premiership standings after 15 games between August and December last year.

The 'Birds', with Bevan hopefully back in the starting line-up, will resume league hostilities on Wednesday, February 13 against Orlando Pirates at Olenpark Stadium in Potchefstroom. Kick-off is set for 7.30pm.

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February 13
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Pirates
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

February 20
Absa Premiership:
Swallows v Santos
KO: 7.30pm
Venue: Olenpark Stadium

December 21
Absa Premiership:
Lost 0-1 v Wits
Venue: BidVest Stadium

December 16
Absa Premiership:
Won 3-2 v AmaZulu
Venue: Germiston Stadium

December 12
Absa Premiership:
Won 2-0 v FS Stars
Venue: Goble Park

December 9
Absa Premiership:
Won 6-2 P Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Bevan is staying in the nest! Your views?

Great news - we can continue to build around him!
Wonderful, but there is too much pressure on him.
It doesn't matter, as I was already resigned to losing him...