Plumtree extends contract with Sharks for further three years

2010-06-15 00:00

JOHN Plumtree has extended his contract with the Sharks for a further three years.

The highly respected New Zealander has turned down offers to coach in both New Zealand and Europe.

Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl yesterday confirmed that Plumtree has agreed to a contract with the Sharks until 2013.

Plumtree has won the Currie Cup with Natal and the Sharks as both a player (1990 and 1996) and coach in 2008.

He is in his 14th year of coaching and was previously been contracted to Swansea, Wellington and the All Blacks before returning to Durban to join the Sharks as Dick Muir’s assistant in 2006.

Plumtree is back in New Zealand with his family.

He will be attending coaching courses there before returning to Durban next week.

Plumtree said yesterday he is delighted to commit himself to the Sharks for the next three years.

“We are seeking to develop and grow the team for the future.

“Just as team continuity and experience is vital among playing personnel, so the coaching management can only grow with continuity.

“I look forward to the next three years with the same excitement and passion that has characterised my time with the Sharks in the past, both as a player and in a coaching role.”

The renewal of Plumtree’s contract ends the many reports — most emanating from outside the province — that he was about to turn his back on the Sharks.

The Sharks made a disastrous start to the Super 14, losing five games in succession and sparking rumours that there was a split in the camp.

However, and in spite of being out of contention for the play-offs, the Sharks and Plumtree turned the season around with seven wins in their last eight games.

They now approach the Currie Cup season with their heads high … but still looking for a flyhalf.

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