Royal AM banish first-team player

Marlon Heugh in action for Royal AM last season against Orlando Pirates
Marlon Heugh in action for Royal AM last season against Orlando Pirates
Darren Stewart

DStv Premiership side Royal AM have frozen out goalkeeper Marlon Heugh after reportedly failing to reach a settlement agreement regarding the termination of his contract just months after joining the club.

Heugh joined Royal AM in January from TS Galaxy but was then told he was surplus to requirements for the new season just days after his two-year deal was activated during pre-season in July.

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Heugh is allegedly not being allowed to train with the rest of the first team according to sources within the club despite still having an existing contract.

With the domestic transfer window closing on Thursday, Heugh will continue to be stuck at Royal AM for at least until the next transfer window in January.

"The club doesn’t want him at training, and he has been chased away by security on the occasions that he has come wanting to train.

"Though the club is paying him his salary what is of concern is that he is not being allowed to report for work as a contracted player.

"The issue at hand is that the player still has two years remaining on his contract and he turned down the club’s offer to take two months settlement.

"As it stands it appears this arrangement will continue this way because they say he is not in their plans, but he is not keen to take two months settlement for a two-year contract.

"It’s a standstill," says a source.

While Heugh is kept on the sidelines, Royal AM have already used three goalkeepers this season in Hugo Nyame, Xolani Ngcobo and Mondli Mpoto.

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