Jaco van der Westhuyzen has not attempted to secure a release from his contract with Japanese club NEC in order to play for the Bulls in the inaugural Super 14.
Despite speculation late last year that the Bok pivot desired a return to premier regional rugby, there has been no action to follow up the talk.
“Jaco’s still in his contract in Japan, I don’t think he’s been able to get out of it,” Bulls CEO Stephan Pretorius told keo.co.za. “I haven’t spoken to him, I don’t think anything will happen there.”
Bok coach Jake White has stated that he’d prefer Van der Westhuyzen to compete regularly against top class performers, and thus a move back to South Africa was expected.
Van der Westhuyzen’s agent, Peter Schultz of Prosport International, denied however that a move had ever been sought.
“Jaco signed a three year deal with NEC that commenced at the beginning of last year. Unless NEC releases him, he will be seeing out that deal,” Schultz told keo.co.za. “Jaco hasn’t approached them to release him however. He asked us to negotiate a deal with NEC last year. We did so and now he must honour that.”