Words: ACFC Media
Monday 26 October 2020
KAMEELRIVIER, South Africa; New Zealand international Myer Bevan has left Auckland City FC for TS Galaxy FC in the South African Premier Division.
Bevan becomes the fourth former Auckland City FC player to sign a professional contract in South Africa following in the footsteps of Dan Morgan, Micah Lea'alafa and Emiliano Tade.
Two other former Navy Blues in Grant Young and Keryn Jordan started their careers in South Africa with Hellenic FC and Pretoria City.
Jordan's son, Liam, currently with HB Koge, has featured four times for Bafana Bafana and starred for Auckland City FC's National Youth League title winning side in 2013-14.
Ryan De Vries, a one cap All Whites forward and Navy Blues favourite, was born in South Africa and now plays professional football with Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland Premier Division after three seasons with J2 side Gifu FC.
Bevan, who won the ISPS Handa Preiership Golden Boot last season, has set his sights on emulating Jeremy Brockie and Michael Boxall who all left their mark in South Africa.
The duo of Brockie and Boxall became household names for SuperSport United a few years back after joining from New Zealand.
In an interview with TS Galaxy website, Bevan revealed his goals and objectives.
“I just hope that I’ll follow on their footsteps. They have done well here. They have left their legacy. Hopefully, I can do the same thing,” Bevan said.
TS Galaxy will lock horns against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Sunday at 3.30pm. The match is in Venda at Thohoyandou Stadium.
Both teams will be featuring in the DSTV Premiership for the first time in their existence.
“I’m very excited to be here. I’m looking to play as many games as I can. I promise to give my all every single game. I promise to give 100% everytime I’m on the field of play. I want to see the team progress. I just want to help the team and hopefully, goals will come, ” he added.
All eyes will be on Bevan in the new season. He is coming with big reputation.
“I played with Emiliano Tade and he told me that South African league is a very good league. He gave me good advices. He said, if you do well there, things can happen.” Bevan said.
Additional Reporting courtesy TS Galaxy FC Media
Former Auckland City FC's connection with South African professional football
PLAYERS TO SIGN PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS
Micah Lea'alafa to Maritzburg United 2019-20
Dan Morgan to Maritzburg United 2019-20
Emiliano Tade to AmaZulu 2018-19, then Mamelodi Sundowns 2019
Myer Bevan to TS Galaxy FC 2020-21
BAFANA BAFANA PLAYERS TO PLAY FOR AUCKLAND CITY FC
Grant Young Hellenic FC (RSA), Ghent (BEL), Central United (NZL), Auckland City FC (NZL)
Keryn Jordan Pretoria City (RSA), Manning Rangers (RSA), Moroka Swallows (RSA), Waitakere United (NZL), Auckland City FC (NZL)
Liam Jordan: Auckland City FC (NZL), Bidvest Wits (RSA), Sport Lisbon (POR), HB Koge (DEN)
SOUTH AFRICAN-BORN ALL WHITES STRIKER
Ryan De Vries: Waitakere United (NZL), FC Gifu (JPN), Sligo Rovers (IRE)
Sun 29 Nov 2020, Kiwitea Street, Kick-off: 2pm