Grobler reveals key to new-found success

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana striker Bradley Grobler has attributed his improved form to having put in the hard work during pre-season and the new training regime at SuperSport United.

Grobler has scored seven goals in ten matches this season including the winner in the 1-0 MTN 8 final victory over Highlands Park on Saturday.

The 31-year-old striker, who is being linked with a move to Orlando Pirates in January, cited the new fitness coaching team at Matsatsantsa as well as the fact that he was able to enjoy a full pre-season without injury as major factors in his scintillating start to the season.

"The last few years with the injuries the coaches have kind of not made me train as hard as I maybe should have‚" Grobler said.

"This season we have got a new fitness trainer in at SuperSport – and preseason was hard.

"I worked extremely hard. There was no cutting corners‚ no taking days off‚ no half-trainings. I think that’s played a big part. I’ve felt extremely good on the field.

"Over the last few years for me to finish 90 minutes has not been possible. This season I’ve finished all the games I’ve started.

"I think in the SA league there are a lot of goals and a lot of games to be won within the last 15 to 20 minutes of matches. So I’ve worked really hard to be as fit as I can be on the field.

"It may not be the reason why I’ve started well. But I certainly think that’s helped me."

Bafana meet Mali at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday, with Grobler set to lead the line.