John Mitchell has reportedly requested 90 million rand from from the Bulls Board with the aim to turn the franchise around.
Netwerk24 reported that Mitchell made this request at recent meeting with the union’s top brass. In addition, the report expressed Mitchell’s interest in signing Springboks Duane Vermeulen (unattached), Schalk Brits (unattached), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks) and SA under-20 star Wandisile Simelane (Golden Lions) to the franchise.
However it seems Mitchell’s request did not go down well with some board members, with those against it questioning a season which saw them winning just 6 out of 16 and finishing 12th overall. Statistically this stands as the Bulls worst season, having never lost fewer than 7 matches before.
Mitchell recently said he would only sign a contract extension if the Bulls allowed him to buy new players, as he believes the current crop is simply not good enough.
The Bulls player budget was believed to be R68 million last year, so the union will have to up the budget considerably to meet Mitchell’s requests.