Brace yourselves for another round of “will he, won’t he?” speculation about Frans Steyn this coming week. The young utility back, whose talking seems to be done mostly off the field these days, apparently flew off for a whirlwind trip to France last weekend to inspect the conditions at his prospective new club, Racing Metro.
Now of course, there will be the usual round of rebuttals, firstly from Steyn’s manager, Gerrie Swart, shortly to be followed by the Sharks. The French newspapers, again, are trumpeting the signing as though it’s a done deal. They’ve done that before, though, so there’s not really all that much that’s new here. Fact is, though, smoke without fire is a rare thing and I think we need to accept that reality that Francois Steyn will not play for the Sharks again after the conclusion of this year’s Super 14.
Good news, I say and good riddance. I wish he would leave now.
Frans Steyn, I fear, is all about Frans Steyn. The player comes first and the team second and I’m sick of carrying that sort of ego in the Sharks team – particularly given how poor his general form has been over the last two seasons. Steyn deciding to embark on a mid-season jolly to Paris while the rest of his team mates were doing as the coach requested – resting their bodies after 10 weeks of hard rugby – just shows that his priorities in life are all about enhancing his own glory and personal wealth. The Sharks have been inexcusably poor over the last two weeks and Steyn has been in no small part responsible for that. What then gives him the right, while the rest of the team are showing the necessary contrition, to go off and secure his own future, his own massive payday?
Surely the right thing – the honourable thing – the TEAM thing to do would be to keep his head down and rather concentrate on getting his play to an acceptable standard so that he doesn’t let his own team down any further? Or is it a case of cutting his losses? Stuff the Sharks, guys, cos this is all about me, remember? Nice knowing you, but I’m off to find some other guys to play with.
Steyn is young and he is arrogant and he is no doubt being led astray by a whole host of the usual sort of fame-leeches who will mislead a player by giving him an exaggerated idea of his own worth and potential. Sure, he’s good, but he’s nowhere near as good as he’s made out to be and his myriad utterly pathetic performances for the Sharks over the last three seasons make a complete mockery of the special treatment he continues to receive from the coaches and administration. Perhaps the lack of a real rugby pedigree is to blame – the Steyns being the nouveau riches of the SA Rugby scene, while the likes of Pienaar, Kankowski, Spies and du Preez all have mentors within their family who intimately understand the team nature of this sport, having played it at a high level.
Whatever the cause, the effect is clear. Frans Steyn is a selfish player and a selfish person. He is an individualist and an egotist. What’s more, to me he continues to commit, over and over, the one sin for which I cannot forgive a young player; he never learns from his mistakes.
Au revoir, Francois Steyn. I hope for your sake you manage to line your pockets richly before Racing realise what a lemon they’ve bought. The Sharks will be stronger team without you.Tweet