Lions boss Kevin de Klerk has conceded that the Lions have no hope in hell of retaining the services of Willem Alberts and Louis Ludik and are instead relying on petty pedantry to hold up the duo’s transfers to the Sharks.
In the latest in a series of increasingly baffling statements to come out of Coca Cola Park, de Klerk, who seems to be (ab)using Rugby365′s Jan de Koning as his mouthpiece, reckons the Lions are now sticking to “the letter of the law” and will not issue clearance certificates for either player until they receive “written offers” from the Sharks. Jaque Fourie is apparently in a similar situation and cannot complete the formalities of his move to Western Province as a result.
De Klerk further concedes that the Lions have no real intention of countering whatever offers are put on the table, making the whole stand seem rather petty indeed. Ultimately, it’s a stalling tactic aimed at frustrating the Sharks and Western Province and trying to shift the blame away from the Lions themselves, whose pathetic administration is squarely to blame for the players’ unhappiness.
SARU have asked legal representative Janine Lubbe to look into the matter, further wasting time and money that could be better spent elsewhere. Grow up, de Klerk! Even your own fans want you to drop this small-minded bullshit and rather focus on the players that actually want to play for the Lions. It’s time you listened to them.Tweet