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Fri Oct 31 17:01:31 SAST 2014

30 seconds with Goztepe's Bradley Grobler

Marc Strydom | 27 August, 2011 23:11
Bradley Grobler out jumps to head the ball from Joseph Musonda during the Absa Premiership match between Golden Arrows and Platinum Stars from Chatsworth Stadium on March 02, 2011 in Durban, South Africa
Image by: Gallo Images / Steve Haag

What are your first impressions of Turkey?

My first impressions are good. I haven't been to the city (Izmir) yet because I came straight into camp. Football here is a very physical and very high tempo.

Tell us about your new club?

I have signed a three-year deal. Although they're in the First Division, it is a huge club, the fifth-biggest in Turkey, with huge support. The average attendance is 40000 a game. They went through financial troubles and sank as low as the Second Division, which they won last season. I'm the team's biggest transfer in its history.

Where is the team situated?

The team is based in Izmir, a really amazing place on the Aegean coastline. It's a top holiday destination.

Are you intimidated by the prospect of playing in front of some of the world's most fanatical fans?

The fans of the club are amazing. It's a lot of pressure playing at a big team like this - and it makes it even harder given that the club spent so much money bringing me here.

Many South Africans have been warmly welcomed in Turkey, like Shoes Moshoeu and Helman Mkhalele.

All the names mentioned have been spoken about while I've been here, so I hope to follow in there footsteps and achieve what they did.

Your dad, Les, who was a striker for Moroka Swallows, must be proud of your move, though perhaps also envious?

My family are very proud. It's always been a dream, not only of mine, but of my family for me to play in Europe. What makes my dad really happy is that I'm achieving more than he did. He worked hard for this. My dad would have loved to have played abroad but didn't have the opportunities we have nowadays, so I think my move makes it even more special.

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