Waylon Murray has left the Sharks and will join the Lions with immediate effect.
The former Springbok centre was plagued by injuries last year and had limited game-time with the Sharks’ Super 14 side this year. From the Sharks’ 2007 backline who played in the final, only Ruan Pienaar – who has been linked with a move to Leinster – and JP Pietersen are still in Durban. Percy Montgomery has retired, but Brad Barritt, Frans Steyn, Butch James and now Murray have all left the union.
Murray’s contract with the Sharks ends this year, but he’s been granted an early release.
‘I’ve been in discussions to join the Lions for a while,’ said Murray, ‘and I made the decision two years ago to move to Johannesburg. I officially signed this morning and I hope I will be able to contribute during my time here.
‘I’m still young and I want to further myself and get back to how I was playing a few years ago.’
Murray is enthused at the prospect of working with Currie Cup coach John Mitchell and reuniting with Dick Muir.
‘I’ve met John a few times as he’s visited the Sharks over the years, and he’s a really great guy. I’m very excited about working with him. I’ve also worked with Dick in the past, and we have a great relationship. He really knows how to get the best out of his players, and I can’t wait to work with him again,’ he said.
The Lions are enthused at the signing of 24-year-old Murray.
‘Waylon arrived this morning and has been busy with all the documentation signing and administration, but he has joined the squad and will be thrown straight into the deep end with the rest of the team for their pre-season training,’ said CEO Manie Reyneke.
‘We’re pleased to have a player such as Waylon joining the squad for the Currie Cup, and we expect much from this talented youngster.’