It would be a shame to lose Kagisho Dikgacoi on loan, especially as his past couple of cameos as a substitute have been pretty impressive. You can see his point – he’s obviously desperate to a secure a place in the South African squad for his home World Cup – but I think he might have ideas above his station if he believes he should be a first team regular.

It’s a big worry that I haven’t been playing and I believe I should be a regular player. I was unfortunate to get a red card in my first game and now Jonathan (Greening) and Chris (Baird) have been doing well, I have to fight to get my place back.

It’s up to me to push myself. The manager can see in training I’m working very hard, but I need some action. Even games for the reserves would benefit me a lot, but if there is a loan possibility, then I hope the club will let me go – just so I can prepare myself for the World Cup.

The [South Africa] coach Carlos Parreira is expecting me to play in my team. But I think the manager here believes in me. I was supposed to join last season but couldn’t because of the work permit problems, but they still followed my progress and wanted me to come.