Daryl Gibson set for new Waratahs contract
Sydney - Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says he is close to
signing a new contract and is confident that star fullback Israel Folau will do
Gibson led his team to the Super Rugby semi-finals this year
after they topped the Australian conference, capping a successful third season
Though he is yet to put pen to paper, he said he was close
to inking a two-year extension.
"Obviously I've agreed to stay on, which is a good
thing," he told reporters on his return to Sydney late Monday after a
44-26 weekend semi-final loss in Johannesburg to the Lions.
"(I'm) really pleased - I see a lot of potential in our
squad and we want to fully maximise what we can do as a team."
"At the moment we're looking at a two-year deal, which
would be good. Still haven't put pen to paper but certainly I'm happy with the
direction of where negotiations are going."
The divisive Folau, who sparked controversy earlier this
year with anti-gay social media posts, is also out of contract and there has
been talk that he could move to the Reds.
But Gibson said he was confident he will remain in Sydney.
"A lot of those negotiations are with Rugby Australia
but certainly every indication is that Israel is very happy here," he