Former Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has been spotted training with Royal AM as he looks to continue his playing career.

Jele parted ways with Pirates last year, bringing an end to an illustrious career that spanned 16 years and included over 400 appearances since 2006.

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A statement at that time revealed that Jele was asked to seriously consider a non-playing role after extensive meetings, but the former captain subsequently insisted that he wanted to continue playing “beyond the 2021/2022 season”.

However, Pirates ultimately decided that they couldn’t agree to a continued role in the playing squad, and bid farewell to Jele.

The 36-year-old has not been able to find a new home, but this could be set to change, with leading football journalist Mazola Molefe first reporting that a move to Royal AM could be back on. This could ultimately represent a sensational final chapter to his career.

Former Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has been spotted training with Royal AM as he looks to continue his playing career.

Happy Jele training with Royal AM

As it is, popular online platform Unplayable posted a picture of Jele in Royal AM training, and it now remains to be seen if he has secured an official contract, or whether he is perhaps being assessed. The latter scenario may be most likely.

This latest news comes after Goal.com recently reported “on good authority” that Jele is once again negotiating with Orlando Pirates regarding a non-playing position at the club, but this may have been put on the backburner for now.

“Talks between the two parties are still in the early stages,” the source told GOAL. “He is seriously considering hanging up his boots and serving the club that he loves in any capacity.

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“It is unclear at this stage what kind of position he will be offered by the club. But everything will be clear as talks progress.”

Jele had won two league titles, two Nedbank Cups, a Telkom Knockout competition and been part of three MTN8 title successes, but couldn’t settle at a new club after parting ways with Pirates.


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