Unfinished business with the Stormers played a significant role in Herschel Jantjies’ decision to commit his immediate future to the Cape side.
Jantjies last week signed a two-year extension with the Stormers, keeping the Springbok scrumhalf at the franchise until at least 2024.
The Stormers have lost several marquee players of late, notably Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Bongi Mbonambi, with fullback Warrick Gelant set for a big move to France.
But Jantjies, speaking ahead of the Stormers’ clash with Zebre in Stellenbosch on Sunday, believes lucrative offers from overseas don’t always compare with career satisfaction.
“The biggest consideration for me is the position I find myself in at this stage of my career. Going for money and a new experience overseas might make it seem as if the grass is greener but it’s not always,” he said.
“I believe staying here is actually the nicer challenge. I firmly believe I can stay here and also achieve success. It’s been a long journey for [the Stormers] to get where we’re playing now. This is something we’ve been building towards and it’s not something I want to leave now.
“It’s all up to a player in the end whether he stays or not. There’s still a lot I can learn here. It’s a mindset thing.
“Some say the earlier you go overseas the better, but the rugby remains the important thing. You have to perform wherever you find yourself.”
Jantjies added: “We’ve seen a few young guys go over and get a bit lost in terms of the direction their career goes. It’s not a decision you make overnight. You need to carefully consider everything.”