The Ajax Cape Town Academy graduate left South Africa in 2008 for Ajax Amsterdam and after nearly a decade in Europe, representing the likes of De Joden, Lierse, Lech Poznan and 1860 Munich – the utility midfielder has returned to the Premiership.
Claasen admits his return culminates with his desire to earn his way back into the Bafana Bafana set-up and ultimately to win silverware; something that has eluded the talented midfielder during is 11-year professional career that started as a 16-year-old with the Urban Warriors.
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old simply revealed his admiration for manager Gavin Hunt and admits he is eager to get his head down and earn a place in the Students midfield that now boasts the likes of Steven Pienaar, Granwald Scott, Thabang Monare, Phumlani Ntshangase and Xola Mlambo.
“Coming to this club was no brainer for me as I always wanted to play for Gavin Hunt [Wits coach],” he told City Press. “I don’t want to talk too much before the season starts. I can only be the best I can be.
“It will be good to be in the eye of the coach [Stuart Baxter] playing locally. But first I must make my team,” he added.
“With the calibre of players we have at the club, every day is a learning curve for me.”