CLOSER LOOK: Signings aplenty as Sharks flex squad strength!
In recent weeks, the ambitious Sharks have not only recruited a host of high-profile players, but also re-signed several others.
In a massive announcement made by the Sharks on Thursday, it was revealed that Springbok captain Siya Kolisi had signed a whopping five-year contract extension at the Durban-based franchise.
Considering that Kolisi will turn 31-years-old on 16 June, this contract extension could well take him towards the end of his career at the Sharks.
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Just recently, in a wide-ranging interview with the RugbyPass Offload podcast, Kolisi was asked if there was a particular European club he would like to join if he decided to come overseas.
However, the Springbok captain was quick to pour cold water on the idea, hinting that the window for him to play overseas had probably already passed.
“I have thought a lot about it [moving] but I would miss South Africa too much, number one,” Siya Kolisi said.
“I know we have many struggles but I still think it is the greatest country in the world.
“There is so much that I love here in South Africa. I now have a young family settling down. I have moved now from Cape Town to Durban so… but in the past I did want to (move).
“I was talking to a club after 2015, I was talking to Toulouse before Cheslin (Kolbe) went, but since then I don’t know. I’m not getting any younger now so I’m not sure if I would go to Europe. If I ever leave I think I would go to Japan. I can’t leave this hard rugby to another hard rugby.”
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