Geyer relishes 'big city' move
Many a Cape Town born player have made a move to Johannesburg, but only a few have actually 'struck gold' in the vast Gauteng metropolis.
Former Ajax Cape Town defender Brent Geyer hopes to this mould.
The youngster knows that it will not be easy though, but is determined to make it happen.
"I have lived all my life in Cape Town, so the move is a first for me," he told the official Premier Soccer League (PSL) website. "Its had its difficulties in terms pf adaptation but generally it is an important learning curve which I believe will benefit me immensely."
Geyer has been playing professionally for a little while, and so he is fully aware of the temptations that come with being a football star, especially as a newcomer in the 'City of Gold'.
"Look, I know how important discipline is in football- it is a central feature in most of the biggest names in the game. Fortunately I don't smoke nor drink, so I will not be tempted easily."
Geyer whiles away his free time by paying a visit to his ex-Ajax teammate Shane Poeggenpoel, who now plays for Supersport United.
He lives in Melvirn and is gradually learning his way around town.
"At the moment I only know how to drive to training in Lynwood, the gym in Rosebank where we go with the team, and to Shane's place."
The journey to Jozie - as Johannesburg is popularly know, began when Geyer joined an amateur team in Cape Town as a youngster.
"Started playing football as a seven year old for Trinitarians in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. I stayed there for most of my very early days in the game.
"Then joined Ajax juniors, where I progressed through the under 15, 17, 19 and 20 age group squads. I played in the juniors for six years."
The boy turned into a man when he made his first team debut at age 20 at the beginning of the 2005/2006 season.
His brilliant performances didn't go unnoticed as he caught the eye of the selectors at national level.
"I really enjoyed every moment of being a part of the Under-23's, until I suffered knee injury which made it difficult to stand in contention for selection."
It is very clear to him that he needs to put in all the good performances at club level in order for him to be back in the reckoning for national selection.
Good performances will not only get him a 'Bafana Bafana' possible spot in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup, but will also bring satisfaction to coach Ian Gorowa.
"I need to cement my place in the team and win trophies with Swallows. Ian has shown confidence in me and the best way for me to reward this is to simply play well."