The Blue Bulls’ World Cup-winning Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez has turned down a host of lucrative offers from abroad to sign a contract that will keep him in blue till the end of 2010.
Du Preez said he has been in Pretoria all his life and he firmly believes that the Bulls will soon be one of the leading teams in world rugby again.
“There has been a lot of challenges lately and I did consider playing abroad, after receiving a number of huge offers but my goal is to once again establish myself as the country’s first choice scrumhalf,” Du Preez said.
“I want to play for the Springboks and cement my place in the side and the only way I will be able to do that is through consistent good performances in the Absa Currie Cup and Super 14.”
Du Preez said the Bulls went through a learning curve with the chance in coaching personnel, but he believes the team is now ready for the next chapter.
“The Super 14 was difficult for all of us and I had my doubts, but we’ve stabilized and I want to be part of the new era.
“Players like Francois Hougaard and Heini Adams will continue to put pressure on me and I think that will compel me to lift my game. The competition will definitely improve my game and I think I can make a contribution to their development as well.
“I have always been very happy at the Bulls and to have played under Heyneke Meyer for seven years was the best time of my life. There is a wonderful family culture here and I want to stay part of it. Our wives are happy and we are all good friends.”
Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke said the fact that Du Preez signed with the Bulls is excellent news and it says a lot about the player.
“Fourie was part our structures since he was at school and he first played for us as a 19-year-old, when Joost van der Westhuizen was still around,” Ludeke said.
“I have never doubted his passion for Springbok and Blue Bulls rugby and his loyalty is unprecedented. He is not only a world class player but also an unbelievable leader and team player.
“He is already doing a great deal to help to develop the up-ad-coming youngsters. He does not hesitate to assist the inexperience players and we rejoice over the fact that he wants to stay within our structures.”Tweet