Wildebeest winger Frank Wagenstroom has left Durban and will represent the Valke for the remainder of the season. The former Free Stater only joined the Sharks at the beginning of 2008, having played for the Free State Cheetahs in last year’s competition.
Frank Joseph Wagenstroom, at 1.8m and 93kg certainly isn’t the biggest winger around, but has always been a contender at age group level, being picked from the Tygerberg first team to represent the SA Academy and SA Schools teams while still a schoolboy. He represented Western Province at all age groups, as well as winning caps for South Africa at under 19 and under 21 level.
His last appearances in WP colours were in the Vodacom Cup of 2005.
In 2006 he moved on to the Cheetahs, where he stayed for two years. He again represented South Africa at under 21 level that year wwhile playing for the Free State junior side. His seven Currie Cup premier division caps were earned the following season, also for the Cheetahs. He played no Super 14 that year, though, having to make do with a spot in the Free State Vodacom Cup team.
2008′s move to Durban promised much for the 22-year-old but alas, delivered little. He showed up well in a pre-season friendly against his former team-mates, but turned in an absolute howler in the opening Vodacom Cup game of the season. That performance pretty much put the kibosh on any hopes Wagenstroom had of being called up to the Super 14 group and he struggled to establish himself in the Wildebeest team this year, only representing them on a handful of occasions.
Although a member of the Sharks wider training squad for the 2008 Currie Cup, Wagenstroom has never managed to get into the matchday squad, having fallen behind the likes of Wes Bodmer and Chris Jordaan, who are both uncontracted club players, in the provincial pecking order.
Wagesntroom made his Valke début of the bench against WP last week at his one-time home-ground, Newlands. He will be hoping that with a few good performances, he may be able to force his way into the Bulls training squad for Super 14 2009. So far Wagesntroom has represented three of the big five. He has only two to go and he’ll match Wylie Human’s somewhat dubious record.Tweet