KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union CEO Brian van Zyl has rubbished reports that Springbok utility back Frans Steyn was trying to negotiate an early release from his contract with the Sharks.
Rugby 365 reports that according to reports, Steyn has been linked with a lucrative offer at an overseas club and that his representatives were locked in talks with the Super 14 outfit where he is under contract until December 2009.
Apparently, Steyn wanted to be released following the conclusion of next year’s Super 14 tournament, which ends early in the UK summer, enabling him to link up with a European club in time for pre-season.
Steyn’s representatives had also hoped the Sharks will view the fact that they would save six months of wages as a big enough incentive to agree to release one of their key players early.
However, van Zyl denied that the versatile back is seeking an early release.
“That [early release negotiations] is absolute rubbish,” Van Zyl told Business Day.
Several Guinness Premiership clubs have also been linked with him in the past, notably Newcastle, Northampton and London Irish.
But with talk of a salary cap being reduced in the Premiership, which would make his high wage demands even more prohibitive, it emerged that France is his only realistic destination.Tweet