• Potgieter to officially join Cheetahs

    Former Springbok Jacques Potgieter is set to conclude a one-year contract with the Cheetahs after successfully completing a trial period.

    According to OFM Sport, Potgieter and his agent have accepted an offer of a one-year deal at the Cheetahs, and he will officially join the franchise on contract as of 1 March.

    ‘His agent and I will conclude the final details of his contract today,’ Cheetahs coach Hawies Fourie commented. ‘In principle, he accepted our offer yesterday and he will be contracted by the Cheetahs as of 1 March.

    ‘I just wanted to ensure that Jacques is here for the right reasons and that he will be fit enough to play for us. He is in good physical condition, but his fitness wasn’t quite where it had to be because he hasn’t played rugby at a higher level in three years.

    ‘We took our time to make sure of this and I am sure of these two aspects now, and that is why he is getting a contract. He has won the Super Rugby with the Waratahs, he played for the Bulls, Sharks and Springboks; so he has a lot of experience.

    ‘It’s always good to have players who have played elsewhere and bring the experience to us and share it with the younger players such as George Cronje, Marcell Muller and Gideon van Wyk, who are all training with us.

    ‘They can learn from the experienced players such as Jacques and, as a result, their game will improve a lot quicker. A part of our strategy is to have these youngsters learning from senior players, and this will allow us to promote them to the senior squad.’

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