Serfontein lost to SA
Springbok midfielder Jan Serfontein may be the latest player lost to South Africa after he turned down a dual deal with the Vodacom Bulls and SA Rugby this week.
Serfontein, who has already been linked with offers from Toulon, Montpellier and Northampton, was offered a “tripartite deal” where SA Rugby and the Bulls would each pay a part of his salary to try and keep him in South Africa.
But both parties confirmed to Supersport.com that Serfontein turned them down and asked for permission to negotiate an offer abroad, making him the latest South African to head overseas.
The Bulls have been trying hard to keep him in South Africa and along with the Springboks are known to have made a very competitive offer for the midfielder.
Serfontein returned to the field earlier this year and has played for the Bulls in this year’s competition, scoring two tries in his return to the field against the Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld.
Since then he has made steady progress but is still seen as a key player, especially in terms of the midfield defence and was definitely part of coach Allister Coetzee’s plans for the June tests.
Serfontein has played 26 tests and will be hoping he plays in 4 more during the current international season if he is to reach the magical 30 test mark and still be eligible for the Springboks while based overseas.
SA Rugby and the Bulls confirmed to supersport.com together that Serfontein had turned down the offer.
A SA Rugby spokesperson confirmed that SA Rugby and the Vodacom Bulls have offered an "improved contract" to Springbok centre Jan Serfontein.
"However, the player informed the parties concerned of his desire to explore playing opportunities abroad, and in view of this, Jan has therefore opted not to renew the national contract offered to him,” a SARU spokesman said.
Serfontein is contracted until the end of the season and will continue playing at the Bulls until his contract ends.