Stormers captain addresses transfer rumours
REACTION: Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat has addressed reports linking him to a move up north.
Moerat, who was with the Springboks on their end-of-year tour without getting capped, has a contract with the Cape Town franchise up until October 2022.
A report earlier this week suggested that English club Sale Sharks was one of the options he was considering.
Moerat was asked about it in a press conference ahead of his team’s United Rugby Championship clash against the Lions on Saturday.
“This is home and this is where I would like to play most of my rugby or all my rugby,” Moerat told reporters.
“We are in the process of chatting and I still haven’t finalised anything yet,” he said of his contract negotiations with the South African franchise
Stormers head coach John Dobson said Moerat has a big future in Cape Town.
“Salmaan and I were both surprised last week when we were on heated coals about him,” said Dobson.
“It was never the case. He is very much part of our plans.
“He has a contract until 2022 and we are having really good discussions now about him being a major leader in this region’s rugby over the next few years.
“It’s not finalised as he says, but I don’t think it is a situation we were having sleepless nights over.
“We have a really good relationship.
“He is a massive player for us.
“He is the leader in the team and in the community and I am extremely confident he is going to be around here for a long time to come.”