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Brooks: On why he signed for AmaZulu

Newly-signed AmaZulu FC midfielder Ethan Brooks says he can't wait to play alongside and learn from the experienced George Maluleka at his new club.

The 21-year-old Brooks left TS Galaxy after a reported fallout with coach Sead Ramovic and while on the wanted list of Kaizer Chiefs, he chose to sign for AmaZulu instead.

In an interview carried by The Sowetan, Brooks explains his thinking behind electing to play his football in KwaZulu-Natal instead of Gauteng.

"Hopefully, I can raise my game a little bit playing alongside George (Maluleka) and other guys; their experience can help my game and raise it a bit," says Brooks.

"It's never an easy choice to join any club but it is something I had to think about and I'm happy that I decided to come here.

"Durban is a second home for me. My mom is from KwaZulu-Natal, so I used to visit that place. But also, AmaZulu have a lot of history and playing for a club like this you want to do your best and that's what I hope to do when I get my chance.

"Chiefs were one of the clubs that was after my service and there was a formal approach but I don't want to talk about it."

Brooks admits he was surprised to have been called up for Bafana Bafana having only played professional football for two years.

"It all happened fast for me. I made my debut with TS Galaxy when I was 19 and everything just happened so fast. It helped my career and the growth has been good," says Brooks.

"And it is nice that my growth is showing, having moved here to AmaZulu; this is the direction I want to go in.

"I'm excited to have joined them and now that I'm here, I'm really happy the guys have welcomed me well. It is just a matter of time before I get into the field and enjoy what I do," he adds.