Sharks Commercial Director Rudolf Straeuli has confirmed in the Durban press that he’s aggressively trying to get Butch James back to Durban – possibly even in time for the latter half of the Super 14. James’s current club are imposing some quite tricky financial demands, though, which will be well nigh impossible for the Sharks to meet at present.
The crux of the discussion at this point is SARU’s stance on overseas-based players. James is keen to force his way back into contention for the Boks’ 2011 World Cup squad and Bath won’t stand in his way. If, however, SARU relax their current restriction – as they did last year when picking BJ Botha – then there’s no real reason for James to return to Durban.
If the ruling remains as is, though, then James would no doubt seek a return as soon as possible, provided SARU, the Sharks and any other third party necessary could work together to stump up the required transfer fee. This is currently rumoured to run into the hundreds of thousands of pounds and is more than the Sharks would be able to pay by themselves.
Straeuli and co are continuing to explore every avenue here, but the obstacles at this stage appear pretty formidable.
Thanks to Craig Lewis of the Daily News for putting us in the picture here.Tweet