Jele penned an emotional farewell statement to the Buccaneers.
“When the [Pirates] chair [Irvin Khoza] invited me to his office to offer me a non-playing position I was humbled, but at the same time shocked as I personally wasn’t ready to take off the badge yet,” the player said.
“Yes, I was offered an opportunity on the non-playing staff, and I gracefully expressed my desire to play for another season or two before I hang up my boots.
“I therefore wish to inform my fans and the Ghost [Pirates fans] that I won’t be lost in the black and white family, but will take a year or two break away from the club to possibly pursue my interest in playing before I call it quits or even make my way back to the Ghost, but time will tell.
“The opportunity afforded to me by the chair will be highly considered during my time away from the only club I played for in my professional football career. No-one can predict the future but hopefully I will be back at the club one day in a different capacity.”