Currie Cup

Cheetahs sign deal with experienced prop Ferreira

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Schalk Ferreira (Gallo Images)
Schalk Ferreira (Gallo Images)

Experienced prop Schalk Ferreira has joined the Cheetahs on a two-year deal.

Ferreira, who turns 37 on 9 February, heads to Bloemfontein having been at Eastern Province and the Southern Kings since 2016.

Ferreira previously represented Western Province, the Stormers and Toulouse in France.

The 115kg front-ranker retired from the game in 2009 due to a serious neck injury, but in 2012 he came out of retirement.

After being out of a contract for 10 months, Ferreira said that joining the Cheetahs was the right move.

"I did sign a two-year contract at the Cheetahs. My family and I are feeling massively glad and very blessed at this moment," he said in a statement.

"I trained for 10 months with not knowing whether or not there will be another year or two in my rugby career, but I did live my life as if there would be.

"The next two years will be massively important for me. I still want a bite of the apple and I still feel that I have a lot to give, and my body does still feel really good.

"I told coach Hawies (Fourie, Cheetahs coach) that I want to compete for cups again and I think that the Free State is going to give it.

"I know a couple of the guys that I played with before. A couple of the senior guys like Ruan (Pienaar) and Frans (Steyn). I am just really excited to be a part of the Cheetahs and the culture of the team.

"Even my family is looking forward to it. My little boy is going to grade one now and my wife has a couple of friends up there in Bloemfontein."

Ferreira will report for duty at the Cheetahs on Wednesday for the start of the pre-season.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff


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