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Sharks close in on du Plessis signature

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Jul 2013 at 09:25
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Intrepid newshound Jean Smyth, writing for EWN Sport, has managed to get Sharks boss John Smit on the record regarding the ongoing contract negotiations with the du Plessis brother, Bismarck and Jannie.

According to Smit, Jannie has already agreed terms with the Sharks and is assumed to have signed a contract extension – Smit’s wording being that they have “tied him down” – while they have managed to make an agreement with Bismarck as well.

The hooker, however, seeks additional clarity from SA Rugby in terms of his future at national level before finally putting pen to paper with the Sharks, thus finally and firmly rejecting the myriad of lucrative French offers also on the table. The issue appears to be the length of his Springbok contract; it’s obviously impossible for the Sharks to match the French offers like-for-like, but typically, together with earnings from his Springbok commitments, as well as endorsements and the like, a guy like Bismarck could make an amount that is almost comparable.

With the French (and the Sharks) no doubt offering at least two years, Bismarck is obviously keen to have some sort of assurance that he will be in line for a similar Bok contract again next year, assuming form. Smit’s assumption is that SA Rugby, who have always shown great faith in Bismarck in the past, are very likely to play along.

“I’ll be lying if I say he [Bismarck] has signed, but we have come to an agreement, an agreement we are both happy with,” Smit told EWN.


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