Frans Steyn will make a call on his rugby future after the Super 14.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Sharks chief executive Brian van Zyl was quoted on a website this week as saying that they had not heard from Steyn on whether he would be extending his contract with them.
However, the player’s agent, Gerrie Swart, on Tuesday dismissed it as a “storm in a teacup”.
“The situation with Frans is simple. He has a contract with the Sharks until the end of October. Frans does not want to make a call on his future until after the Super 14,” said Swart.
“He will now specialise as inside centre and knows what awaits him. At national level he has to try and dislodge Jean de Villiers, so he knows exactly where he stands. Frans can’t wait for the season to get under way.”
Steyn is contractually within his rights to negotiate with third parties and there was talk over the weekend of a big offer from French club Racing Metro.
However, they are not among the giants of French rugby and Steyn is probably doing the right thing keeping his options open.
He was shifted between positions last year and consequently did not maintain his excellent form of the 2007 season.
Sharks coach John Plumtree recently confirmed Steyn would be his first-choice at inside centre.
He has been true to his word as Steyn has been picked at No 12 for Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Bulls’ Vodacom Cup side in Durban.
The Sharks have picked a very powerful side, but are still without the services of injured Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis.
The Sharks team is: Stefan Terblanche, Luzuko Vulindlu, Adrian Jacobs, Frans Steyn, JP Pietersen, Ruan Pienaar, Rory Kockott, Ryan Kankowski, Jean Deysel, Skholiwe Ndlovu, Johann Muller, Steven Sykes, John Smit, Craig Burden, Melusi Mthethwa.
Substitutes: Frik Venter, Dave Hawksworth, Alistair Hargreaves/Justin Downey, Jacques Botes/Keegan Daniel, Ross Cronjé, Odwa Ndungane, Chris Jordaan/Riaan Swanepoel.Tweet