WORLD’S BEST kept secret is out- Siya Kolisi is now a Shark.
The Springboks World Cup winning captain was unveiled today in Durban by the Sharks board.
He joins the Sharks on a multi-year deal in what was described as a ‘historic day’ by the franchise.
On his move the shy but burly Siya said: “I bought into the vision of The Sharks immediately – the energy around the club, the management set-up, the squad and the potential for success was so strong.
“I have always had a desire to be the best, and play with the best, to reach my potential on-and-off the field, and this move is just another step in maximising what I can achieve within my career.
“This is a very exciting new chapter for me and my loved ones, and one I am embracing fully. I arrive with a commitment to give this team everything I have, and I’m thankful to The Sharks for the opportunity.
We can’t wait to see what Durban has to offer,” he said.
He was formerly a captain for Western Province, his home for 11 years’.
Siya’s move was also made possible by American Investment MVM Holdings consortium that bought the controlling interest (51%) in the Sharks franchise.
The consortium is headed up by Durban-born attorney Marco Masotti and had been engaged in protracted and ultimately messy negotiations with Western Province Rugby with a view to gaining a controlling stake but that fell away.
Masotti commended Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee’s eagerness to work with the consortium that includes Michael Yormark of sports agents Roc Nation.
Roc Nation agency represent Siya in SA, and internationally is headed by billionaire musician and entrepreneur Jay-Z.
Who knows he might be joined by his fellow Bok teammate Cheslin Kolbe, who currently plays for a French side Toulouse. Kolbe is also represented by Roc Nation agency.
Image (A Shark. Siya Kolisi has joined the Durban outfit in a deal worth millions).