How long will Jake stay put?

    2013-10-08 11:04
    Jake White (Gallo Images)
    Durban - Jake White has played open cards with the Sharks regarding his desire to again coach at international level.

    VIDEO: Sharks unveil Jake White

    This comes after the Sharks on Monday confirmed White as their new Director of Coaching.

    White will replace Brendan Venter, and will effectively start his three-year tenure at the end of October.

    However, whether White will see out the three full years on his contract remains to be seen.

    "The one thing John (Smit, Sharks CEO) understands is that I really want to coach international rugby again," White said on Monday when he was unveiled as Sharks coach.

    "I've played open cards with him and part of that is making this organisation become the best.

    "I'm committed to the Sharks now and this is not a case of leaving them in the lurch. When the World Cup comes and whatever opportunities there are, I'll knock on John's door and if there aren't any then I'll stay here - that's if I've done enough for him to renew my contract."

    Meanwhile, Smit said the union will try keep Venter involved in some sort of capacity.

    “Brendan Venter’s commitment to me was to drastically change our players’ environment which we think he has done with extreme success. Brendan has no written contract with the Sharks which is a testament to his character and his positive motives in coaching us and we will do whatever we can to keep him involved with us for as long as possible, in any capacity," Smit said via a statement released to the media.

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