Originally signed by Terry Venables at the age of 14, he went to school at in Loughton and played at youth level for Spurs. As with so many signings, Tottenham seemed to have trouble obtaining a work permit for him and he was required to leave the country, with a return to South Africa on the cards. This was despite his parents wanting him to stay at Spurs, as they had arranged his schooling and looked after him well while with the club.
Left England amid rumours that AC Milan would take him on, but he went to join Mallorca and then Atletico Madrid, without Spurs being paid a fee for his development. Made his name in Spain with some dominating midfield performances, mainly playing for the second string at Atletico. This caught the eye of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who took him back to England for a fee of £1.5 million.
Had a injury hit time at Old Trafford and played in midfield and defence to help out cover injury to other players. Played a useful part as a squad player and when he was in the treatment room more than on the pitch, he was released to join Bolton Wanderers, as he was to bring experience to the side as they pressed for a European place. However, he was struck down by injury again and retired at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Turned up playing for Tubize in Belgium in 2008-09 and was set to be released in the summer of 2009 with Ipswich Town and Hull City possible destinations for the midfielder.
Has set up his own club in South Africa - FC Fortune - to develop young talent with a view of allowing them to move to Europe.
Played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals for his country.