The Vodacom Bulls could have snapped up the signing of the year locally as Springbok hooker and Toyota Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss looks set to be heading back to Pretoria.
Strauss is yet to sign the contract, and the Bulls could only open negotiations with him today – 1 July – but sources close to the Cheetahs camp have confirmed that Strauss has already said no to a contract extension with his province and now seems set on returning to Pretoria.
The Grey College graduate, who played his junior rugby in Pretoria and made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut there as well, before returning to the Cheetahs is being chased as well by the Stormers, who also have made a big money offer to sign him.
But it seems the Bulls have won the race, with indications that the deal could be finalised this week already and that Strauss will be a possible captain for the Bulls in next year’s Super Rugby series.
Strauss’ in-laws stay in Pretoria but the hooker has two businesses in Bloemfontein and a farm on the outskirts of the city, both which will have weighed heavily on his mind when he took his decision to leave.
It will be a massive loss for the Cheetahs if he does leave, and coach Naka Drotske apparently made a big money offer for him to stay but again looks to have been outbid by a bigger franchise.
The Bulls have money available after suffering two successive exodus’ in the past few years and are keen for a big name to join them.
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