Johannesburg - The Auto and General Lions bold new signing, former All Black “King” Carlos Spencer, touched down in Johannesburg Wednesday to meet his new team-mates.
Spencer, who was a surprise acquisition for Dick Muir’s side, landed Wednesday morning and spent the day at the team’s training base at the Johannesburg Athletics Stadium in Doornfontein, where he held meetings with Chief Executive Manie Reyneke and Muir.
“He will be here for a few days,” Reyneke confirmed to Supersport.com, “Thursday the team leave for a two day team-building exercise and return on Sunday. Carlos will be on the bus with the rest of the team.
“When they return on Sunday, he will head straight to the airport where he will fly back to the United Kingdom. He will go back to pack his things and fetch his family, and return to us next week.”
Spencer, for a long time one of the most dangerous attacking players in the Super 14, will also act in a coaching and mentoring role for the Lions flyhalves and is expected to be the key playmaker for Muir’s side in the Southern Hemisphere competition.
Spencer signed a two year contract with the Lions, and will stay on for the Currie Cup, mainly to mentor the young flyhalves in the squad. He will also act as player-coach next season in the Super 14.
Spencer is one of two overseas players in Muir’s squad, the other being USA Eagles captain Todd Clever.