Jano Vermaak says he will stay with the Lions and won’t be signing with the Sharks.
According to media reports, Lions scrumhalf Vermaak and centre Doppies la Grange have clauses in their contracts that allow them to be released and sign for another union. Vermaak is contracted with the Lions until 2011 but it was reported that he could decide to sign for the Sharks in the next week.
However, Vermaak denied this.
‘I’m not going to sign with the Sharks and I’m staying with the Lions,’ Vermaak told keo.co.za. ‘I don’t know where these rumours come from but I’m not leaving.’
La Grange was also linked with a move to the Sharks, but Lions CEO Manie Reyneke dismissed this by announcing that the centre has signed a contract extension. The move was always unlikely as Cheetahs centre Meyer Bosman is expected to transfer to Durban once his current contract expires in October.
‘There have been rumors circulating in the media for the past week or so that both Doppies and Jano are leaving the Lions,’ Reyneke told the Lions website.
‘I would like to now put the rumors to rest. Doppies has just signed an extension on his current contract and we are currently in discussions with Jano, who will in all likelihood also sign within the next few days.’
Meanwhile, Vermaak said he feels ’100%’ as the Lions prepare for the Currie Cup.
‘I feel much better and there’s no pain in my ankle,’ said Vermaak. ‘There was still some pain during the Super 14 and I believe that I did come back a bit too early. But I’m fitter now and looking forward to the season with the Lions.
‘[New head coach] John Mitchell has really made an improvement so far. He has great rugby knowledge and reads the game very well. I’m sure the Lions will do very well in the Currie Cup this season.’
By Gareth Duncan