Ghanaian defender John Paintsil has revealed his delight at signing for Santos before underlying his intention to help the club regain its top-flight status.
The 32-year-old former Fulham and West Ham right-back, who can also play in central defence as well as in midfield, admitted it was an easy decision to put pen to paper with the People’s Team, having spent a couple of weeks training with the ambitious side.
After completing his medical and agreeing personal terms, Paintsil told thepeoplesteam.co.za that he was made to feel at home with the club while also being inspired by the quality of the club’s young stars.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.
“My agent brought me here just to train with the team and to look for possibilities but I fell in love with the club.
“The people around here have been very good to me, but also if you look at the young players at the club – they have given me more opportunity and trust to stay with the team – because of their quality and desire to succeed.
“The young ones always come to me for advice about how they can achieve in their careers so that inspires me to stay with them.”
He continued: “Somebody asked me why Santos because they are not in the Premiership, but for me this club is one of the biggest club’s in South Africa in terms of their history.”
He continued: “I respect the club, I love the club; the coach respects me and I respect him, the Chairman himself, so the message is simple: the club has made me happy, they made me feel at home, so it’s a great honour and also a great pleasure to be with the team.
“And since the club is looking to get promoted, I’ll do everything possible to support the coach and the players.
“That is the goal and that’s what we are working towards; and I believe this club has got what it takes to win the league and get back up to the PSL.”