Frans Steyn is going nowhere. The young rugby star just wants to give his all for the Sharks and South Africa this year.
He visited his parents on their farm outside Bethlehem this past weekend before the Super 14 starts this coming week. Steyn’s contract with the Sharks runs out in October and he has options locally and overseas, according to De Jongh Borchardt of Rapport.
“I don’t want to go overseas because it will look as if I’m running away from my problems. Money is not everything. What’s important to me is to improve in what I’m doing,” said Steyn.
“If I’m stagnating I’ll have to make a plan, and if that means considering my options rather than staying here, so be it.
“At 21 I am at a crossroads in my career. The decisions I have to take now are the most difficult of my life and I pray about it a lot. I have a few options I’m considering, not just overseas. However, I have not signed any contract.
“I did not approach anybody to go and play for them. Clubs approached me, as they do with my teammates as well. People who think I’m not loyal don’t see the smile with which I get up to train every morning.
“It’s going well in Durban. I’m fully focused on the Sharks’ Super 14 campaign and nothing else. I believe we can win the competition. After that it’s the Springboks if I’m picked, and then we have to defend the Currie Cup.”
Steyn is looking forward to the new season, particularly because he’ll be used in one position. He will be the Sharks’ first-choice inside centre this year.
Last year the Sharks used him in four positions, which ultimately damaged his Bok chances. He was also shifted between positions in the Bok side.
“All the moving around meant I could not improve and that was frustrating,” said Steyn. “I know I won’t walk into the Bok side at inside centre because Jean de Villiers is in great form. But that’s not all that it’s about. I owe it to myself to enjoy my rugby again.
“I believe if I play well enough I’ll be in contention when the Bok squad is picked. I will play where they need me and have never made any demands.
“The prospect of playing against the British and Irish Lions is a huge incentive.”Tweet