Cape Town - A few overseas rugby clubs have their sights firmly set on signing Cheetahs wing Willie le Roux.
According to Volksblad
, clubs from Japan and France are hunting 23-year-old's services.
However, Le Roux's provincial union, Griquas, will do their best keep him in Kimberley
Griquas CEO, Arni van Rooyen, said they will attempt to increase Le Roux's salary significantly, but it will be up to the player to decide if he wants to stay.
"Willie's contract with Griquas ends on October 31. We'll definitely make a big offer to retain his sevices. However, other clubs from outside are making offers worth millions of rands which will make it very tough for us to keep him," said Van Rooyen.
Le Roux earlier indicated that he likes playing his rugby in Kimberley, but Bok coach Heyneke Meyer's apparent disinterest could make his decision to move abroad a bit easier. According to Volksblad's sources, Le Roux's adventurist style doesn't fit into the Bok game plan which makes it unlikely for him to earn higher honours.
Le Roux has been in outstanding form for the Cheetahs in this year's Super Rugby competition. The central franchise are experiencing their best season to date, and currently sit sixth on the overall log
, with seven wins from 10 games.
Van Rooyen further stated that Griquas will not allow the winger an early release from his contract, which will at least see him participate in this year's Currie Cup.