Elton Jantjies remains a Lion
Elton Jantjies (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Golden Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has committed to the Johannesburg-based union for at least the next few seasons.
According to the Beeld website
, the 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the aim of regaining the form that made him a Springbok last year.
Jantjies was loaned to the Stormers for this year's Super Rugby competition after the Kings replaced the Lions in the tournament.
But with the Lions back in the Super Rugby mix next year, the flyhalf decided to commit to them.
He had an indifferent season in the Cape, and the Stormers were not keen to secure his services full-time.
Meanwhile, several other key players also decided to extend their stay in Johannesburg. They are: Marnitz Boshoff, Lionel Mapoe, Alwyn Hollenbach, Ruan Combrinck, Franco van der Merwe, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley and Willie Wepener.
Prop Bees Roux, who recently joined for the Currie Cup season, is also on the verge of signing a longer-term deal, while other players like Anthony Volmink, Stokkies Hanekom, Andries Coetzee, Derick Minnie and Willie Britz already had contracts for 2014.
Deon van Rensburg, Dylan des Fountain, Lionel Cronjé, CJ van der Linde and Martin Bezuidenhout are the ones yet to negotiate new deals but the Lions are reportedly keen to hold onto a few of them as well.
The Lions are currently fourth on the overall Currie Cup log
, and host the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).