Sharks lose Brad Barritt to Saracens

2008-08-05 00:00

The Sharks yesterday confirmed that Bradley Barritt will be leaving at the end of the Currie Cup season to link up with UK rugby club side Saracens on a three-year deal.

The centre has won 58 caps for the Sharks since making his debut in 2006. Although he is contracted for another year, the Sharks have agreed to release him this year in the interests of his own development as a player.

“From a team perspective, losing Brad is a big blow for all of us,” admitted Sharks coach John Plumtree. “He is an outstanding Super 14 player, a good guy with great leadership qualities, but we are not going to hold him back. He could even be back in a few years to play for us.”

“This is nothing to do with the Sharks,” explained Barritt. “I wouldn’t consider another option in South Africa, the Sharks is my home, but this is a unique opportunity as a young guy to broaden my horizons.

“I am not turning my back on the Sharks or Springbok rugby. This is a unique opportunity for me … to grow and improve by playing in different conditions.”

“Eddie Jones [Saracens coach] and I had a good chat, and we agree that experiencing rugby from a different perspective may help me grow and improve as a player.”

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