Sharksworld reported last week that Beast Mtawarira will be staying with the Sharks to honour the new three-year contract he signed in September 2010. This was based on an article written by Mike Greenaway of the Mercury in which the Sharks intimated that any supposed irregularities in this contract had been sorted out.
This notwithstanding, Lions CEO Manie Reynecke claims that the matter is far from settled, with Beast now in possession of two valid offers (one from the Sharks and another – understood to be far higher – from the Lions). Reynecke claims that the player himself now needs to decide which offer he will take up. Further allegations are that there is some personal connections between Beast and new Lions shareholder Robert Gumede, with one source going so far as to suggest that the IT entrepreneur has already bought a house for the Mtawariras in Johannesburg.
My take on all of this is that it’s a pretty desperate ploy to keep this story going long after it has already died. We’ll stick by what we’ve heard from Greenaway and the Sharks. For one thing, we know that Beast is currently heavily involved in pre-season training with the Sharks squad – I take this as a sign that he is not going anywhere. If he were keen to join the Lions – and truly believed that he had no binding contractual commitment to the Sharks – then he would have already moved to Johannesburg to get stuck in with his new team. in the words of the proverb, “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”. By the same token, Beast certainly looks very much like a Sharks player to me, regardless of what anyone else has to say.Tweet