Griquas seem to be the team most favoured by the Bulls to stock up on players ahead of next year. After already signing Bjorn Basson, they are now after flyhalf Naas Olivier.
Griquas’ budget for contracted players is small compared to that of the Bulls and they may well decide to let Olivier go if they are offered a large enough transfer fee. The Bulls have a problem with their flyhalf depth for next year’s Currie Cup as neither Morné Steyn nor Jacques-Louis Potgieter will be available next season. Steyn is expected to be the Springboks’ first-choice flyhalf at the World Cup in New Zealand, while Potgieter will play for the Sharks next year.
It is no surprise that the Bulls are interested in Olivier. He is one of the leading points scorers in the Currie Cup and his success ratio at posts is 85% – without a kicking coach. He already impressed for the Cheetahs in this year’s Super 14 and has played a decisive role with his boot in every Currie Cup match.
Griquas chief executive Arni van Rooyen emphasised that Olivier’s contract only expires at the end of 2011. “Naas’s contract only expires at the end of next year. No-one has spoken to the union about acquiring his services. Not even the Bulls,” said Van Rooyen.
Bulls high performance manager Ian Schwartz said that Olivier is a gifted senior player that “holds a leadership position”. “We will not, however, be interested in his services while he is under contract at Griquas.”Tweet