Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant has turned down a R10m offer from a Japanese rugby club – because the Springbok emblem and the Western Province disa mean so much to him and because he loves braaivleis.
“It proves there are still players who regard the Springbok emblem and the disa as more important than money,” Grant’s agent, Chris de Beer, said on Thursday.
Stephen Nell reports in Die Burger that Grant, who was in the Springbok squad for the first Test against Wales last week, has been omitted for this week’s Test in Pretoria.
His contract with WP expires only at the end of the 2009 season. However, a Japanese club wanted to sign him on now to start playing for them on November 1 next year.
The name of the club is known to Die Burger but the newspaper has been requested not to publish it.
According to information obtained this week, Grant would have earned R3m during his first year at the club. In his second year, he would have earned R3.4m and in the third year R3.6m.
The club would also have paid for his flights whenever he was needed to play for South Africa.
“From a financial point of view, Peter would have never looked back,” De Beer said. “It would have been one of the top contracts in world rugby.
“And he would have been paid extra whenever he played for the Springboks.
“Peter’s words to me, when he said he’d rather stay here, were, “With whom will I braai on Saturday nights”.
“He loves WP and it means a lot to him to be involved with the Springboks,” De Beer said.
The 23-year-old Grant was in outstanding form during the Stormers’ Super 14 campaign, which led to his inclusion in the national squad.Tweet