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Another PSL team has confirmed receiving an offer to sell the franchise and relocate

Larry Brookstone
Larry Brookstone during the security workshop held by the PSL at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town on 19 June 2018 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Johannesburg-based outfit Highlands Park could be next PSL club to go the way of Bidvest Wits, according to a report by TimesLive.

The Clever Boys, who are the oldest club currently in the top flight, will not compete among the big guns next season. This is after selling their PSL status to Limpopo outfit Tshakuma Tsha Mandivhandzila.

The Lions of the North have received a similar offer, according to club co-chairman Larry Brookstone.

The overture is said to have come from Mpumalanga businessman Tim Sukazi, owner of first division outfit TS Galaxy.

Brookstone, however, iterated that the club was not for sale.

“We had an unsolicited offer on the club‚” he is quoted by the publication. “And the offer we’ll consider if it’s deliverable. I think everybody in the world‚ if the offer is too good to believe‚ they’ll take it.

“If the guy can deliver this kind of money then‚ yes‚ we would consider it.”

-Larry Brookstone, Highlands Park

Selling the franchise could see the Thembisa-based club relocating to Mpumalanga, along with the squad.

Brookstone said the speculation borne from the offer has the potential to unsettle the players.

“It’s not concrete. The offer is unbelievable. If they can deliver it then we will consider it.

“I’ve got a house on Linksfield Ridge I’ve lived in for 32 years‚ and I can tell you if someone came with this sort of offer on my home I would also consider that.

“I’ll tell you that in a weeks’ time if you hear that I’ve sold the club‚ know for sure that a guy delivered on an unbelievable promise.”

-Larry Brookstone, Highlands Park

Sukazi has previously been linked with a possible purchase of another PSL club in Bloemfontein Celtic, but the deal reportedly fell through.

Should he succeed in securing the Highlands Park franchise, it will be his second big purchase in the space of two years, after buying Cape Town All Stars’ first-division status in 2018.