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Sadie’s Bulls dream appears over

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 20 Jul 2012 at 09:00
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SuperSport’s Brenden Nel yesterday confirmed a rumour that has been circulating for a while; high-profile young centre, Johann Sadie, has fallen so far out of favour with his new union, the Blue Bulls, that he may be looking at an exit after just six months of his contract there.

Sadie was signed amongst much fanfare last year, after a run of reasonable performances for the Stormers and WP and it has since emerged that the Bulls were prepared to pay him well over R1m a year, in addition to allegedly writing game time guarantees into his contract, which is pretty much unheard of for such a young (and relatively unproven) player. Needless to say, the excitable people who tend to get excited about such things immediately declared that Sadie – the future of Bok rugby – was a dead certainty to be picked at outside centre for the Springboks this year.

Reality didn’t quite pan out according to the fairy-tale, though, with Sadie delivering some truly dire rugby, in-between his many injuries, for the Bulls in the Super Rugby opportunities that he was given. So bad was he, in fact, that the Bulls were forced to retread the less-fancied of their WP signings, JJ Engelbrecht, into a centre to take over form Sadie midway through the season. Engelbrecht has , ironically, since gone on to establish himself as an option at test level (at least in coach Heyneke Meyer’s eyes) despite starting the season well down the pecking order, as a wing, at the Bulls.

For Sadie, thought, the prospects appear bleak and while the Bulls haven’t yet actually ushered him out of the door, they’ve certainly drawn him a very clear map with all the exits clearly highlighted and circled in red. According to Nel, The Bulls management have advised, if not outright encouraged, Sadie and his agent to “look at other options”, with the indication that the currently-injured player isn’t likely to pick up any game time at the Bulls any time soon and that they’d far rather somebody else picked up his hefty wage bill, thank you very much.

The only problem for Sadie, though, is finding such a somebody. With only the Sharks and WP likely to be able to match his salary expectations (although why either would be prepared to, I’m not sure) he seems a little short of options. The Sharks don’t need him and I’m told that WP no longer want him, after the way bridges were burned during his hasty exit just eight months back. The Afrkaans have a wonderful expression which seems to apply here, vroeg ryp, vroeg vrot, which loosely translates to “early to ripen, soon to rot”, and I can’t help feeling that my completely overplaying their hand when they did, Sadie and his advisers may just have blown off not only his foot, but both legs as well.


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