The Lions have set their sights on retaining John Mitchell for the Super 15 next year.
Mitchell is still currently the Head coach of the Western Force but he has taken over at the Lions as their Currie Cup coach.
The Lions president, Kevin de Klerk says that they are negotiating with Mitchell to stay on despite his contract with the Perth based Western Force franchise expiring only at the end of next year’s Super 15.
The final decision remains with Mitchell’s employers at the Force in Perth.
“We are negotiating with John to remain at the Lions,” De Klerk told Newstime.
“But this depends on whether there is a way out of his contract and if the Western Force will release him.”
“If we are able to retain his services it would be a bonus because he is a good coach and it would assist us in recruiting a quality group of players to strengthen the union.
“If this materialises, Dick will be the director of coaching and John the head coach.”
De Klerk said that although they had openly expressed their wish for Mitchell to remain at the Lions, they would not put pressure on him.
“John is a man of high morals and values and, similarly to him, we would like to follow the proper procedures for him to remain here,” De Klerk said.
“I can’t speak for him, but it looks as though he is enjoying his time at the Lions.”
“He has been an inspiration at the union,” De Klerk said. “The feedback I have received from the players about their experiences of working with John has been very positive.
“The administrative staff have great respect for him because of his values and high level of professionalism. So I am over the moon with what he has done in the little time that he has been here.”Tweet