Head coach John Dobson is thrilled to have locked down two key players as the Stormers prepare for a demanding 2022-23 campaign.
Exciting young halfbacks Paul de Wet and Kade Wolhuter have both signed two-year contract extensions with the Capetonians.
Both players are products of the Western Province Rugby junior system, having grown up in the region and come through the structures.
De Wet was a standout performer this season, scoring tries against the likes of Edinburgh, Ulster and Ospreys for the Stormers in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship title-winning campaign.
Unfortunately, the speedy scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury before the playoffs, but will be back to full fitness in time for the new season.
Wolhuter also had his struggles with injury this season, the flyhalf having recovered from a major knee operation. He made his Stormers debut as a 20-year-old in 2021 and, with his injury concerns behind him, will be focused on delivering on his potential next season.
Dobson said that having the likes of De Wet and Wolhuter commit for the next two years means that competition for places in the starting lineup will be fierce.
“Both Paul and Kade have already shown that they have a very high ceiling in terms of potential. Having the both of them in our system for the next two years means that we have quality halfback options ahead of what is going to be a very demanding campaign with our entry into the Champions Cup,” he said.
De Wet said that he is looking forward to building on his form that he showed for the Stormers last season.
“I grew up supporting the Stormers, so I really want to make the most of every opportunity I get to pull on that jersey. I am looking forward to developing my game further with the coaches and players around me here over the next two years,” he added.
Wolhuter said that he is focused on getting some consistent game time under his belt and show what he is capable of in a Stormers jersey.
“The last year has been a frustrating one injury-wise for me, but I am determined to repay the faith that has been shown in me by stepping up for the team over the next two years,” he said.
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