Smit quits Sharks

Sharks CEO John Smit will resign at the end of the season.

Smit replaced Brian van Zyl as Sharks CEO in 2013 shortly after retiring as a player.

'It was an honour for me to represent the Sharks on and off the field. I have enjoyed the last three years and greatly appreciate the continuing support of our chairman Stephen Saad, KZNRU president Graham Mackenzie and the rest of the board,' he said.

'This decision to resign was not an easy one and it is based primarily on me wanting to focus more of my time on my young family. I look forward both to the next challenge in my career and to remaining a frequent visitor to Kings Park, my home from home since I was 18 years old,' he added.

Saad said: 'John is recognised as one of the most successful and respected leaders in our country, and we are grateful for his contribution in guiding the Sharks through a period of transition over the past three years. I am pleased to say he will remain closely associated with the organisation, maintaining a series of key relationships.'

The process leading to the appointment of a new CEO has commenced.

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