Big money Euro offers are the norm

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 6 Nov 2008 at 11:06
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Hey guys – did you hear? Frans Steyn is being chased by a foreign club and they prepared to pay 7 bazillion Euros a minute for his services! Surely the Sharks are set to lose one of our brightest young stars?

It’s a rumour that’s been doing the rounds recently, one that my mate De Jongh Borchardt confirmed in Rapport yesterday. Reading a little further, it appears that, in this case, there doesn’t really seem to be too much to worry about. Steyn is still contracted until the end of 2009 and the Sharks are negotiating with him to extend that by a year. Despite some unhappiness earlier in the season (the Muir-style rotation and position-swapping fest was to blame), Steyn is happy in Durban and is confident that he will get regular gametime in a single position next season. Again, the pragmatic Plumtree has come to the rescue.

My bet is that Steyn ain’t going anywhere. Even if he does, it will have to be after the end of next season, because Rudi ain’t going to let ANYONE buy him out of next year’s obligations, regardless of how much money they wave. The Sharks’ coffers are full – we won the Currie Cup, remember? Take your filthy foreign lucre and sod off, Johnny Foreigner!

This story raises an interesting point, though – and it’s something that came up in a recent discussion I had with an agent. Every so often, a big news story breaks about “so-and-so is being chased by a big foreign club” and everybody gets their panties in a twist. We saw this recently, with both Bismarck du Plessis and Ruan Pienaar linked with big money moves to Australia, France, Papua New Guinea and goodness knows where else. Fact is, there’s nothing at all newsworthy or surprising about any of this.

Fact is, every single member of the Bok team has received and continues to receive, frankly staggering offers to join foreign clubs. Most of them don’t take them, because they are happy were they are and value their international careers more highly than the opportunity to earn a ridiculous sum for a few seasons. The obvious recent exception to this rule is Joe van Niekerk. If reports are to be believed, he already knows that he has made the biggest mistake of his career, turning his back on the Boks to try and add a little polish to the turd that is RC Toulon.

I guess there’s a bit of a dual message here. For SA Rugby and the local unions, they need to ensure that they provide an environment in which their top players can feel comfortable and can thrive. Often, the Springbok side and the prestige of playing for the country that they love is the only thing keeping players here. Mess with that and they will all be off, because none of them are ever likely to be short of option.

And for the rest of us? Don’t panic every time a story comes up about a Bok (or Sharks) hero linked to a big-name international club side. It’s not really news, because it’s happening behind the scenes, all the time.


  • Mos’ def’…we can’t stop them from wanting the players – but we can control how we let go of the talent.

    We have nothing to worry about. It’s actually a compliment to our players that they receive so much attention from overseas clubs.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.11.08 11:10:38 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @chernaya akula – B.O.! (Comment 1) : zigacktly.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.11.08 11:25:52 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • This is a really good article in that fans need to stop having a conniption fit every time there are rumours doing the rounds.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.11.08 11:32:14 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) : thanks 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.11.08 11:36:23 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Yes good article Rob.
    Its something I was thinking about after the Currie Cup final that surely everyone of those players on the field (from both teams) are high priced commodities and would / were actively being pursued.

    Im sure someone like John Plumtree will also fall into this bracket.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.11.08 11:49:14 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Its just the reality of professionalism, think of it as headhunting

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.08 11:54:59 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :

    Profesionalism…I see Hershelle is in trouble..once again.. 😐

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.08 12:00:07 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 7) : what’s he done now?

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.08 12:06:43 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • Nothing THAT serious…just missed the team’s curfew….I suppose the reason why he missed it is the serious part, but I can only speculate…no details as yet… 😉

    I will keep SW posted… 😎

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.08 12:09:35 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 9) : Apparenly Gibbs got drunk on Tuasday night before the game. They sending him for counceling for his alchol problem

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.08 12:14:02 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) : Gibbs on form must be one of the greatest batters ever,a pleasure to watch

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.08 12:15:40 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Robbo,i take it the chat with Ruan Agent Man was rather fruitful?

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.08 12:19:08 by PJLD Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 11) : I hear he’s devastating in a boat race as well

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.08 12:21:22 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) :

    hence “I suppose the reason why he missed it is the serious part”.. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.08 12:21:33 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 7) : 😕

    Its hard to separate man from beer


  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.08 13:03:04 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 15) : or man from Jack Daniels

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.08 13:08:48 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • By Craig Lewis

    Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl says he is not fazed by reports that suggest numerous European clubs are prepared to buy Frans Steyn out of his Sharks contract which runs until the end of 2009.

    “There have always been clubs that have shown an interest in our players, that’s nothing new,” said Van Zyl. “With regards to reports that some clubs want to buy Frans out of his contract, it’s quite simple: we’re not interested. We are determined to extend his contract beyond 2009, but any contractual negotiations are on hold until the end of the Springbok tour to the UK.”

    For the rest of the article go to :

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.08 15:02:49 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.08 15:04:45 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • must say thanks to Craig for pointing this story out to me in the first place

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.08 15:14:55 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 10) :

    By the spelling of Tuesday…looks like you joined him.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.08 16:17:51 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply

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