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Steyn to stay a Shark

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 31 Dec 2008 at 07:04
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KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union CEO Brian van Zyl has rubbished reports that Springbok utility back Frans Steyn was trying to negotiate an early release from his contract with the Sharks.

Rugby 365 reports that according to reports, Steyn has been linked with a lucrative offer at an overseas club and that his representatives were locked in talks with the Super 14 outfit where he is under contract until December 2009.

Apparently, Steyn wanted to be released following the conclusion of next year’s Super 14 tournament, which ends early in the UK summer, enabling him to link up with a European club in time for pre-season.

Steyn’s representatives had also hoped the Sharks will view the fact that they would save six months of wages as a big enough incentive to agree to release one of their key players early.

However, van Zyl denied that the versatile back is seeking an early release.

“That [early release negotiations] is absolute rubbish,” Van Zyl told Business Day.

Several Guinness Premiership clubs have also been linked with him in the past, notably Newcastle, Northampton and London Irish.

But with talk of a salary cap being reduced in the Premiership, which would make his high wage demands even more prohibitive, it emerged that France is his only realistic destination.


  • 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.12.08 07:18:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • This article is the same as the old one they published…they’ve just added the Business Day quote. They are still suggesting that Frans might move to France. 🙂

    Rugby 365 is rubbish…

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.12.08 07:40:37 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • No there’s a surprise. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.12.08 10:59:58 by McLovin Reply
  • Well I think it will be the best thing for Frans if he moves away from Durban.

    The problem at the Sharks is very much like the saying “Too many chiefs”

    There is too much young talent in various positions in the backline and this has an effect on the young players form and performances in the past (Barrit, Steyn, JPP, Pienaar, Waylon)…all these players (no so much JPP) have moved between positions, Steyn and Pienaar being the worst effected and comments on various sites about their play at times is evident of that…

    The other players also suffered under the comments for not being anywhere at times…to second this…Waylon’s worst year performance wise was last year when he moved between 11/12/13/14…

    I know as a professional rugby player they should be able to adjust to change…but as a young player still finding himself as a professional…is that not a lil unfair…

    Carter is a great example…when he started he started off at fullback and he then only played fullback…he then moved to inside centre alongside Mertens who surely had a positive influence on his growth as a player…he then played out some games at 10 after starting at 12…Then after about 2/3 seasons if not mistaken he was moved into 10 and has not looked back since…

    Why do we have this dying need in SA to destroy our talent instead of building and growing it…imagine if Frans and Ruan had development plans similar to Carter’s was where they would be right now…

    Let’s not always blame the players…and the Sharks are most guilty of this…with Kockkett, Adi, Terblanch, Swanepoel, Joubert (I think) in that mix you can expect Robd to have a headache with grouping the players in positions should we have a S14 fantasy league…LoL

    If they lose Steyn or at least one of the other players…it will bring much needed stability to these players and Sharks set-up which is currently more destructive to the talent of SA than it is up-building…

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.12.08 12:17:28 by Hmmm Reply
  • And don’t get all emotional about it now Sharks…think about it…

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.12.08 12:43:10 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 5) :

    Emotional? Us? Never!

    We do our talking on the field,……… Well at least we will let Steyn do our talking on the field for us in the #12 Jersey. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.12.08 12:50:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I’m with Hmmm on this… to an extent.

    I do agree that the amount of talent at the Sharks is making it hard for us to develop individual talent, but I think that if the Union really boxes clever, they can manage the problem.

    It’s always easier for a young talent to develop and emerge if he is the main focus of his coach – but that is not good for the team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.12.08 16:53:56 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Blablahblahblah, just leave Frans alone. Pretty soon JdVilliers will get injured (again) and Frans will fill the shoes and have a smashing Lions tour 😀 (don’t disturb me/reply, I’m dreaming)

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.12.08 17:50:10 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) :

    That is not entirely what I meant…

    What I meant was that the players get moved around from game to game without any structure…unlike how in Carter’s case his every move from position to position was strategic and with meaning…same with that other guy at the Crusaders that looks a lot like Carter…his was just a lil fast tracked into 10…
    Not the Sharks way…”Ahh for this game this looks and feels right…we can move them all around next week again if it doesn’t work”…
    The young players are never given a chance to settle down into a position and make it their own…even just for a half a season non stop in one position….

    But coaches need to develop every player…THAT is whats best for the team…and where the older players need to step up…

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.01.09 09:12:43 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : uhm bull dwang shit boet…………. if he was a bull there is no ways in hell you would be suggesting he leave the bulls to go elsewhere

    @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 8) : i agree boet steyn is gonna make a lot of even sharks supporters in here eat there words i just hope they have big enough balls to admit they were wrong

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.01.09 17:08:26 by sharks_lover Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld sharks_lover
  • only thing i will agree about steyn right now is that he isnt a flyhalf

    he is a center , that yes maybe in future could be developed into a flyhalf, but as of now he is center / full back

    should he leave the sharks?????????????????????????????/


  • Comment 11, posted at 02.01.09 17:11:22 by sharks_lover Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld sharks_lover
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : if he wants to leave, we’d be crazy to stop him

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.01.09 18:31:51 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : If he wants to leave, you don’t want to keep an unhappy player around. It’s unproductive and messes with the team morale and psyche.

    A disruptive ME force messes up the WE in the team.

    I say if he wants out, let him go.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.01.09 19:07:09 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 13) : it’s not like he’s that good anyway

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.01.09 19:50:12 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Eish people, if he is not that good anyway, how did he get a RWC medal. AND he is still bloody young! I doubt that he will be making the same mistakes when he is 26. Twenty six? Gosh! Thats like uhm 5YRS down the line! Chaps, chaps, chaps. Joe Roff, Jonah Lomu, Naas Botha, a few young talents….

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.01.09 20:05:55 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 15) : I don’t think it his talent that is in question (despite Rob’s attempts at baiting 🙂 ) but his attitude.

    He is a young, prodigious talent, but young and impetuous and needs to learn the team psyche first. His one man band attempts to win the game for the BaaBaas shows he has a way to go before he can be regarded as world class in a team sport.

    In short, he needs to grow up a little bit.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.01.09 07:47:04 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 16) : O for sure (Darren/Baldrick), I have said just that in another post somewhere in here. I think I used the term “to turn his head”. What it would take to do that, I don’t know, but if Plum could make the Sharks play for each other (as I think Pienaar said), he could just perhaps do that with Steyn. HOPE SO.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.01.09 09:59:06 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 13):Agree……………look what happened to the Bulls last year when there was all the going on over Bakkies wanting out to go to France etc. In the end they had to bring Matfield BACK, in order to restore moral…..if a player is unhappy…let him go…if he finds he has made a mistake…take him back graciously BUT with conditions….. 😀

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.01.09 15:48:03 by Me2 Reply
    Me2 aka Mama Shark

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