Daniels’ dream move to Ajax Amsterdam over
Clayton Daniels of Ajax Cape Town
Clayton Daniels’ dream of a move to Ajax Amsterdam is over as the central defender was told on Friday his two week trial had been unsuccessful.
But he still got a game 24 hours later for the former European champions and on Monday arrives in Germany to begin a fresh attempt at winning a move to Europe.
Daniels is joining another Dutch club, Vitesse Arnhem, who are holding a training camp in Germany, for a week-long trial.
Daniels spent two weeks on his second trial with Ajax but on Friday was told he would not be given a contract.
“He made a really good impression but we already have a lot of contenders in his position,” explained coach Frank de Boer in an official statement on the Ajax Amsterdam website.
“It is not for nothing that we had him over for a second trial but in my opinion it does not make enough sense to bring a player of his age from South Africa to Amsterdam.”
Daniels, who turned 27 on Sunday, was a late bloomer at Ajax Cape Town, having played just five seasons in the Premier Soccer League with a total of 95 starts in his career.
But Daniels get a last run out for Ajax Amsterdam in a club friendly on Saturday.
Thulani Serero also played for the last 25 minutes of the match against lower league opposition – his first run out for his new team.