The move essentially brings an end to the veteran midfielder’s playing career. He still holds the record of starting the most games for Platinum Stars at 229 matches.
Kgatla was brought back to Highlands Park by club director Larry Brookstone after his last stint in the PSL with Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The 33-year-old last played in the PSL in the 2013/14 season when he made a single substitute appearance at Aces after leaving AmaZulu in the aftermath of his long stay at Platinum Stars.
Kgatla was mostly used as a substitute this past season as Highlands won promotion from the NFD.
“Stanley will be incorporated into the technical team. He first came to me as a little boy aged 16 and he is going to stay with us, though not in a playing capacity,” Brookstone tells snl24.com/kickoff.
Word at the club is that Kgatla will work with the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge team.
Highlands have also confirmed the release of Valentine Mbhele, Nicholas Boke, Zwelethu Ndlovu, Thando Mdluli, Malcolm Jacobs, Karl Clements, Dino Ramic, Sifiso Mnguni and Zivai Verenga, while Motjeka Madisha and Cyprian Khambule have both returned to their parent clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.
Meanwhile, the Lions of the North insist Richard Matloga (pictured) remains their player and have taken their bid to retain the midfielder to the PSL DRC.
Matloga was announced as one of the new players by fellow PSL rookies Baroka FC last month but Highlands have since come out fighting.
“Richard Matloga remains a Highlands Park player until this matter is resolved. The matter has gone to the PSL DRC because he [Matloga] had a three-year deal with us and has so far spent two here. The matter is now subjudice,” says Sinky Mnisi, one of the directors at Highlands Park.
The 25-year-old had a stellar season for Highlands as they won promotion last term.