Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at the Orlando Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X

English striker to feature for Orlando Pirates against Sevilla?

Orlando Pirates will be jetting out of the country for a pre-season camp and a promising English striker will be travelling with them.

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro

Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro at the Orlando Stadium. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Orlando Pirates welcomed English striker Tremaine Eastmond for a trial at the club earlier this year.

The club were left impressed by him however reports suggest a final decision hasn’t been taken on whether he’ll be signed or not!

According to the latest transfer gossip, the former Burnley academy star will travel with Pirates to Europe for their pre-season camp.

Jose Riveiro and the Orlando Pirates management team will only take a final decision on Eastmond after their clash against LaLiga side Sevilla.

Orlando Pirates not rushing Eastmond decision

According to reputable local publication Soccer Laduma, Tremaine Eastmond will travel with the Buccaneers to Spain for their July pre-season camp.

β€œAccording to sources, the player impressed, while it has also been expected that he will return for further assessment during pre-season for a final decision to be made,” the publication reported.

β€œWith Orlando Pirates set for another European pre-season tour as revealed by the Siya crew this week, Eastmond is expected to join the team in Spain, as indicated by informants.”

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In other news, Orlando Pirates full-back Bandile Shandu looks set to remain at the club next season.

Shandu struggled for game-time last season with reports suggesting his time at the club was up.

The speedy utility defender made just 16 appearances for Jose Riveiro’s throughout last season.

More worrying for Shandu was the fact that just seven of his 16 showings were starting line-up appearances.

Initial reports suggested the former Maritzburg United star could be on his way to SuperSport United as a free agent however, his agent has since emphatically refuted that claim.

According to his agent Mike Makaab, Shandu still has one year remaining on his current contract at Orlando Pirates.

The veteran agent went on to provide some clarity on Shandu’s situation at the Mayfair based club. Take a look at the details below.

Shandu still has one year left on his contract – Makaab

β€œI don’t know where the rumors come from because Bandile Shandu’s contract with Pirates expires in June 2026,” Makaab told iDiski Times

β€œHe is happy at the club and the club is happy with him. He’s been struggling with an injury. He is in the middle of his rehabilitation program.”

Shandu has made 87 appearances for the Buccaneers since joining the club in 2021. According to Transfermarkt, he’s valued at approximately R17 million.