Sharks: Steyn ‘not shopping overseas’

2008-08-07 00:00

Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl and head coach John Plumtree have both dismissed reports that the precociously talented Francois Steyn is shopping overseas for a club contract.

Steyn, dumped by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers ahead of tomorrow’s Test against Argentina, has returned to the Sharks and there have been reports that the utility back, who recently turned 21, is being pursued by French clubs.

A report yesterday quoted Steyn’s agent as saying that the Springbok is now open to overseas offers.

“That is just media talk,” said Plumtree from Cape Town where the Sharks — and Steyn — are preparing for tonight’s Currie Cup game against Western Province.

“He is obviously disappointed not to be with the Boks. He is a world-class talent and he should be there. But he is happy with the Sharks and we are making certain that he stays with us.”

Plumtree said that he and Van Zyl had recently met with Steyn and his agent to discuss the player’s future and there had been no problems.

Van Zyl confirmed that Steyn was contracted to the end of 2009.

“He is happy with us and wants to stay with us.”

Steyn has also dismissed reports that he told Bok coach De Villiers that he wanted to play flyhalf.

Steyn has told Sharks officials that he would turn out in whatever position he was selected, though, when pressed, said he preferred either flyhalf or inside centre — where he played at the World Cup last year and where he will be seen at Newlands tonight.

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