Could the announcement of Jano Vermaak’s signing with the Bulls be a bit of, uhmm, well …uhmmm bullying tactics?
A few days before the clash against the Lions, which is on top of the CC log, and the Bulls, who we all know seems to be seriously struggling – the announcement of Vermaak’s signing with the Bulls was blasted out in the media.
Now, it seems that there are quite some controversies surrounding the whole deal. First the announcement on the for-eve of the game, then the suspected dropping of Vermaak out of the 22 completely for this game. And apparently the GLRU also was not even aware of these negotiations.
According to sources – Vermaak promised his loyalty to the Lions. On the other hand, another source says that he had an escape clause in his contract that states if the Lions end up in the bottom 3 of the Super 15, he is free to negotiate with other unions.
So whilst the Lions were downing a lion on not ending at the bottom of the log, Mr Vermaak was in heavy negotiations.
If this was indeed the case, and that no one was aware – it’s not so much a great character showing, but neither is dropping him for sighning with another Union.
Will the shock-announcement-tactics of the Bulls work? Will the Lions childish “jy is nie meer my maatjie nie” dropping Vermaak tactics work?
Seems like a little classic war in the media this one! At least this time they cannot blame the Sharks for stealing the meat!