Bartlett’s advice for Brooks

TS Galaxy assistant coach, Shaun Bartlett, enjoyed a glittering career with Bafana Bafana during his prime and has offered some advice to Ethan Brooks who will be representing the Rockets in the senior national team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana is pitted against Zimbabwe and Ghana in two crucial WC qualifiers. Brooks is also part of the squad.

Bartlett, who made 74 appearances for Bafana Bafana and netted 28 goals, works with Brooks daily.

Speaking with the TS Galaxy website, Bartlett offered his insight on the future of Brooks.

“It is always great to get a national team call-up. It shows that you’ve been doing well for your club. It is a nice reward at a young age. When you get into the squad, it is also about making sure that you learn from the more experienced players,” Bartlett explained.

Brooks’s meteoric rise has made him a household name in South Africa football over the past few months.

“That will put him in a better position. It will ensure that he becomes a better player. On the flip side, becoming a national team player, you have to show when you get back to your team that you are on a different level. He has a good head on his shoulders,” he added.

The sky’s the limit for Brooks who recently inspired Bafana Bafana to glory in the Cosafa Cup.

“He is very steady on his approach and life in general on and off the field. I think that counts a lot. I don’t think he should put a lot of pressure on himself. He is still young and has a lot to learn. For me, it is all about making sure that I can help him as much as I can by giving him a little bit of advice where I can,” Bartlett detailed.

Brooks is now an integral squad member of the Rockets.

“Going forward, I believe that he will be a good contributor towards what we want to achieve as a club as far as success goes. When he comes, let us hope he comes back injury-free,” Bartlett stated.

Bartlett had a career that spanned for a decade for Bafana Bafana during his playing days.

“To sustain longevity in the national team, you have to make sure that you continue doing well for your club. You can’t just play well for the national team and go back to your team and not do well.

“For him to get another call-up, he has to be consistent in his performances for TS Galaxy. With his abilities, he can also benefit our results. For the national team, it is always about wearing that shirt with pride and giving 110% and the public will appreciate that.” Bartlett concluded.