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Pattison happy to be at home

PUBLISHED: 11:10 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:44 06 July 2010

Matty Pattison is now playing for Mamelodi Sundowns – and says he has no regrets about leaving England.

Matty Pattison is now playing for Mamelodi Sundowns – and says he has no regrets about leaving England.

Matty Pattison says he's glad to be home after swapping life with Norwich for a new start in South Africa. Pattison spent a season and a half at Carrow Road before moving back to the country of his birth in the summer.

Matty Pattison says he's glad to be home after swapping life with Norwich for a new start in South Africa.

Pattison spent a season and a half at Carrow Road before moving back to the country of his birth in the summer.

The 22-year-old is now playing for Mamelodi Sundowns - and says he has no regrets about leaving England, where he spent half of his life, behind.

"I am enjoying living back in Jo'burg and glad I came back," said Pattison, although he admitted it was tough settling in after playing his entire career in England.

"I have now got used to conditions in South Africa and I am enjoying playing in the PSL (Premier Soccer League)," he said.

The assumption was that Pattison - who made 55 appearances for City - returned home in an effort to break into the national side for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

However, he says that's not his priority.

"I want to cement my place with Sundowns first before I think of bigger things," he said. "Sure playing for Bafana in the World Cup would be a dream come true, but I must first walk before I can run in that I need to establish myself with Sundowns first before anything else.

"Playing for Bafana would be a bonus at this stage."


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