Johnson helping to revive Rangers


Johnson disappeared from football following the relegation of the Mighty Maulers from the PSL and their eventual collapse.

“I have decided to try and revive my career because I was missing the game so much. I joined Rangers for the last five games of the season and didn’t concede a single goal as we made our way to the play-offs,” he tells

“We are now preparing for the play-offs and going through a hectic schedule in the seven weeks that we have remaining.

“After all the money troubles at Manning Rangers three years ago, I decided to take a break for a while. I began playing beach soccer for a year and I enjoyed myself, but I felt I wasn’t where I genuinely wanted to be.”

Gary, whose father Graham is goalkeeper coach at AmaZulu and is also related to ex-Supersport United keeper Grant, is targeting a return to the professional ranks again.

“I am aiming to be back in the PSL next season and am working my way back there by starting from here. I trained with AmaZulu late last year for a while, just to get the feeling before I moved to Rangers to get game time.

“I have managed to make considerable progress with my match fitness here and feel I will be ready again next season,” he says.

Johnson, now 26, made his debut in the PSL during the 2002-03 season, but then never became a regular.

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