Coach John Dobson says the Stormers are ‘looking forward to giving Damian Willemse the opportunity to settle at flyhalf going forward, with Warrick Gelant providing his trademark strike threat from the back’.
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant had signed with Western Province Rugby after opting against a contract extension at the Vodacom Bulls.
Dobson said that Gelant’s arrival is a major boost to the vision of their backline.
‘Warrick has established himself as one of the most dynamic backline players in South Africa, so we could not be more thrilled to have him on our books going forward.
‘With Dillyn Leyds leaving, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to step into the 15 jersey. I am sure his presence will also have a hugely positive influence on the players around him.’
Meanwhile, Dobson provided a clear indication that Gelant will fill the void at fullback, while young Willemse continues to be backed at 10.
‘We are also looking forward to giving Damian Willemse the opportunity to settle at flyhalf going forward, with Warrick providing his trademark strike threat from the back.
‘Warrick is a deadly finisher with a wonderful feel for the game and awareness of space, which is just what we need for the talent we already have in the backline to thrive,’ he said.
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Gelant said that he is looking forward to linking up with his new teammates and starting an exciting new phase in his career.
‘I can’t wait to join up with the Stormers and I’m very excited about what the future holds. I want to take my game to new heights and I believe that working with the players and the coaches at the Stormers will help me to do that,’ he said.