The Force want to sign junior South African flyhalves Sias Ebersohn or Elton Jantjies while they are also looking for a hooker.
Sias has been frustrated at the Cheetahs because of the lack of game time, while brother Robert has had more senior opportunities at centre. The former Baby Boks flyhalf did not feature in the Super 14 while he was second-choice in the Vodacom Cup team behind Louis Strydom.
Sias confirmed that he has been offered a deal by the Force but admits it will be ‘Plan C’.
‘The Cheetahs are my first choice and it will depend on the offer they give me whether I will stay or not,’ Sias told keo.co.za. ‘I want to extend my contract but it will be stupid for me to stay if I don’t get opportunities. I want to play in the Currie Cup and Super 15.
‘The Sharks have also made a deal for me and I will sign for them if I’m not happy with the Cheetahs’ offer. If both deals go sour, then I will consider going to the Force. I want to play Super Rugby and if that’s my only opportunity, then I will take it.’
Sias added that he’s not the only one being targeted by the Force.
‘The Force came out to watch me play six weeks ago and they made me the offer. They are also looking at other young flyhalves, with Jantjies being one of them, and want to sign an international hooker. I’m not sure which hooker they have in mind.’
Both Ebersohn twins’ contracts with the Cheetahs will expire at the end of the Currie Cup. Their future will only be confirmed after 1 July, when their transfer window opens.
Robert, who was also approached by the Sharks, said the Cheetahs will be his first choice too but is disappointed by the lack of communication from head coach Naka Drotske and his assistant Hawies Fourie.
‘I want to stay loyal to the Cheetahs and my future will be decided in the next couple of weeks,’ said Robert.
‘However, I have to admit that I am disappointed that both Naka and Hawies haven’t spoken to me yet. It’s strange that Hawies said I want to stay because I haven’t had the opportunity to say anything to them.
‘[Sharks commercial manager] Rudolf Straeuli approached us a few weeks ago and he wanted Sias and I to sign immediately. But we declined because we can only sign new contracts from 1 July and we want to do things the right way.
‘Rudolf then said the Sharks will move on and look for other players and it’s not certain whether the deal will still stand. But we will see how things work out in the next two weeks and discuss matters with our agent Gerrie Swart.’
By Gareth Duncan