Chiefs have brought in signings such as Ashley du Preez, Siyethemba Sithebe, Zitha Kwinika, Dillon Solomons, Yusuf Maart, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, George Matlou in their pursuit to bring back the glory days to Naturena.
Billiat said, while it was sad to lose familiar faces at Naturena, it had to happen for the club to be able to surge to the top again.
“I think it’s difficult to spend time with someone and lose them, but it’s always like that in football,” Billiat said.
“Of course they had a lot of positive things that they were adding to the team, but the team needed to change.”
As one of the ageing players who avoided the axe at Chiefs, Billiat and senior players such as Keagan Dolly will be expected to take the lead role as new arrivals find their feet.
“I want to do better than I ever did,” Billiat said when asked about his personal ambition ahead of the new season.
PSL this weekend —
Cape Town City v Mamelodi Sundowns (Cape Town Stadium, 7.30pm)
Lamontville Golden Arrows v Richards Bay (Princess Magogo Stadium, 3pm)
Orlando Pirates v Swallows FC (Orlando Stadium, 3pm)
Marumo Gallants v Stellenbosch FC (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 3pm)
Royal AM v Kaizer Chiefs (Chatsworth Stadium, 5.30pm)
Maritzburg United v Sekhukhune United (Harry Gwala Stadium, 8pm)
TS Galaxy v AmaZulu (Bidvest Stadium, 3pm)
SuperSport United v Chippa United (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 5.30pm)