Sykes set for Kings switch

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Sep 2012 at 08:31
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It’s yet to be confirmed by official sources on either side, but Sharksworld has it on good authority that lock Steven Sykes has signed a contract with the EP Kings for next year.

With the Kings recently promoted to Super Rugby at the expense of the Lions, many players are understandably considering the possibility of relocating to the Bay in the interests of being a part of the new structures being put in place there. Sykes, we understand, has been offered a 2-year deal to do exactly that and add some experience to their tight five.

The 28-year-old second rower returned to the Sharks from Ireland at the beginning of the year, but was only offered a contract for a single year, in order to add experience to a lock division that looked very green indeed without the likes of Gerhard Mostert or the injured Ross Skeate and Alistair Hargreaves (both of whom have subsequently moved on). The Sharks, though, would appear to have decided to back the young lock sin their structures – Anton Bresler, Pieter-Steph du Toit and the Marais brothers, Jandre and Peet – and are thus not going to stand in the way of Sykes’ departure.

More on this as we get it, as always.


  • Good for all concerned really – all the best to Steven and the Kings.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.09.12 08:37:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Good luck to him, I believe him, Al and Ross played a big part in the exponential growth of our young locks this season

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.09.12 08:49:11 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Needless to say, I dont know if I will ever be able to picture Sykes in a kings outfit…

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.09.12 08:51:01 by Ice Reply
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  • another sad “lock” day for the sharks…

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.09.12 08:54:34 by Uli Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : you betta 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.09.12 08:55:06 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : he is just all Shark to me, so its a bit sad for me, but I guess he needs to move on – not getting any younger.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.09.12 09:00:48 by Ice Reply
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  • Someone on the SW predicted this move last week but for the life of me I can’t remember who it was and I’m to lazy to go searching. Good call blogger-who-I-can’t-remember! 😀

    Anyway, good luck to Sykes if he decides to make the move. A significant loss to the Sharks in my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.09.12 09:31:06 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Good move for all involved. Big up to the Sharks for backing the youngsters. A lock pairing of Bresler and Pieter-Steph is going to be awesome.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.09.12 09:32:40 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) :

    I think it was jarsonx.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.09.12 09:35:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • As long as we have bresler

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.09.12 09:39:55 by Talent Reply
  • Hmmm here`s a thought.

    We can move Alberts to lock permanently and start Minnie and Coetzee next year?
    Alberts has lost his mojo at flank anyway.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.09.12 10:25:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I have thought since before Sykes went to ireland that he was falling away, wasnt as impressive as he was before his injury.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.09.12 10:41:29 by Dunx Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : we building up a nice squad down at the Kings,spoke to Stuart Weir,he’s excited about the future

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.09.12 11:05:58 by Ludz Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) :

    Why Minnie?

    He is not THAT great, and I reckon our own youngsters in Kleinhans, Stander and even Majola will be better than Minnie ever was/will be..

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.09.12 11:16:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Yes, I agree. Why Minnie? If there is 1 department where we don’t need additional players, it’s the loose forwards. Isn’t Deysel, Daniel, Kanko, Botes, Coetzee, Stander, Kleinhans enough for the Super Rugby squad?

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.09.12 11:21:52 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 15) : Will we have Botes and Kanko for the super 15?
    Also you can`t go into a Super 15 with only one recognised fetcher ( Kleinhans ).

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.09.12 11:27:15 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Kanko will be back from Japan. He only signed for 6 months. Botes’ move to Saracens hasn’t been confirmed yet and I feel he will re-sign with us. Even if he doesn’t, we have a shitload of loosies in our franchise. Yes, we might lack a fetcher but Coetzee is not a bad one.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.09.12 11:36:19 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) :

    damit 😛

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.09.12 11:52:50 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 16) : minnie`s move confirmed?? everyone`s talking about next year as if we already signed minnie and taute. they are good players, but if i would dip in the lions group, i would have gone with Cilliers. Who will sit out if we get taute? He will only be a bench player for wing and MAYBE centre.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.09.12 11:53:06 by VanWilder Reply

  • If Taute moves to Durban it will be to give us some power on the wings, not at full-back. He would be best suited in Cape Town, challenging Joe Pietersen

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.09.12 12:07:35 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • One Lion definitely isn’t joining the Kings or Sharks, and this time I have better proof

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.09.12 12:30:10 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Lambie crying for HELP! 😥

    ““I’m desperate for some game time. I’ve been training hard, as hard if not harder than the guys that have been starting to try and get into the starting XV. I’m hoping and looking forward to some more game time and making the most of my opportunity. If I get a chance to get on the field I will be doing all that I can to impress the coach and other players,”

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.09.12 12:32:50 by Megatron Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 21) : just saw this too , Josh Strauss will be a huge loss for the lions, I got a feeling there will be a lot mor over the nezt few weeks..

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.09.12 12:37:54 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

  • @CLASSIC SHARK (Comment 23) :



  • Comment 24, posted at 11.09.12 13:03:12 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 22) : His own words or a journos? – if his own then I sense a very frustrated youngster that feels slighted.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.09.12 13:06:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) :

    His words. Article on SS.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.09.12 13:11:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The Great Shark Lock exodus continues …. How many has it been in the last 2-3 years?????

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.09.12 13:21:01 by byron Reply

  • Ackermann, van den Berg, Muller, Steenkamp, Sykes (twice), Hargreaves, Skeate, Mostert all played for the Sharks in recent years as a lock and I wouldn’t be surprised if I forgot a few.

    The list with the number of fly-halves is longer though.

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.09.12 13:28:12 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • I get the idea some people are not looking after their people…

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.09.12 13:31:24 by Ice Reply
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  • Well, we’ve had the utility-fiasco where we lost Brent Russell, Ruan Pienaar and Francois Steyn who were sick of being tossed around the backline. We are stuck in a fly-half problem where we’ve had almost 20 different fly-halves in less than 5 years. Goode, Hernandez, Michalak, James, Meyer, Barritt, Lambie, Dumond, Pienaar, Kockott, Pretorius, Ross Cronje, Guy Cronje, Mathie, Jacobs, Borgen, Swanepoel, Bosman and now we have Riaan Viljoen.

    With all the locks moving away (Although I won’t miss Sykes) I am getting a bit jealous at the consistency shown in Pretoria (purely jealous at their player management, not playing style management)

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.09.12 14:18:41 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • @TRF_Ezequiel (Comment 30) : so which of the Bulls would you prefer over what we have at the Sharks?

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.09.12 14:38:56 by Die Kriek Reply

  • No… Read what I pointed out… I am not jealous at their players, but at the way they manage them, contract wise. For some reason they manage to hold on to their top players a lot longer.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.09.12 17:34:25 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply

  • Well what about moving a player into another position and it reinvigorates his game? -JPP wing/center

    I think certain players should be left to settle ;Lambie at flyhalf .

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.09.12 18:40:00 by Talent Reply

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