Much excitement filled the Twitter world yesterday, when Frans Steyn – the subject of much recent Sharks return speculation – appeared on the social networking site out of nowhere to confirm the ongoing talks.
A few eyebrows were raised in the process, with Steyn confirming interest from both the Sharks and his current club, Racing Metro and indicating that he’d be making a decision within a week or so. Steyn, in making the tweet, immediately ended the speculation that there may be a bidding war under way between South African sides hoping for his services, a piece of information that his agent, Gerrie Swart, probably didn’t want to be as widely known as it now is.
If Steyn was hoping to use interest from the Stormers or Bulls as a bargaining chip in his discussions with the Sharks, that opportunity would now seem to be lost. We also don’t know whether the powers at Racing are fully aware of the discussions with the Sharks; given how widely those have been reported in the local media, though, it’s unlikely that it’s still much of a secret anywhere.
We’re not sure exactly who said what to young Fransie in the background, but as of this morning, his account is gone, with no sign of any of the offending tweets to be seen. It’s a pity that he felt he couldn’t stick around, since we’d just started a nice little campaign asking fans to show their support for his return by including the #FransComeHome hash tag in tweets to the player. Here’s hoping that it wasn’t all the attention from fans that caused Steyn to turn tail from Twitter, because that would be quite sad indeed, given how overwhelmingly positive the response was.Tweet