Marais: SA can't compete with overseas money
Pretoria - Bulls coach Nollis Marais has reacted to Jan Serfontein's decision to leave South Africa to pursue a career abroad.
Although he does not have a club confirmed yet, Serfontein has declined a contract extension offer from SA Rugby and the Bulls, saying that he would be looking for opportunities overseas.
It is another blow to SA Rugby, who are continuously looking to keep players in the country.
Marais was asked to comment on Serfontein's decision at his team announcement on Thursday ahead of this weekend's clash against the Cheetahs at Loftus.
The coach confirmed that he was aware of Serfontein's desire to play overseas, and he added that it was not possible for South Africa to compete with the salaries that players were earning in Europe.
"I knew," said Marais.
"It's difficult to keep guys like Jan in South Africa. We offered him a contract, the Boks offered him a contract.
"Myself and Jan sat down and the thing is he thinks there's better opportunity outside of South Africa.
"He said he doesn't want to leave the Bulls, but he has to look at other opportunities.
"You can't compete against the amount of money the guys get overseas."
Serfontein is being rested from Super Rugby action this weekend.