An article on Sport24 today has reignited speculation about the future of Beast Mtawarira, who is being brazenly pursued by the Lions despite having recently signed a new Sharks contract.
Needless to say, the rumour-mill is abuzz, with Tank Lanning suggesting on Twitter that Beast is in some sort of financial trouble, which the Lions are offering to get him out of. This is presumably over and above a salary offer rumoured to be a good few multiples of what he is currently earning in Durban.
Further allegations are that there is some irregularity in the contract that Beast recently signed with the Sharks, which may allow him to bail out on that deal. We reported that story a few weeks back. Since then, though, we had confirmation from Beast’s advisor and mentor, Jeremy Thompson, that he would not be leaving Durban.
Things move very fast, though, with a number of my sources in Durban no longer willing to back up Thompson’s line on this. It seems, in certain circles, the move to Joburg is considered a foregone conclusion.
More on this as it develops, but judging by the way the wind is blowing, I think that we as Sharks fans would do well to brace ourselves for a future that doesn’t include Beast Mtawarira.Tweet