Port Elizabeth - Tighthead prop Maks van Dyk has completed
his move to the EP Kings, where he hopes to make an impact in the Currie Cup
and Super Rugby.
Van Dyk has been based at Griquas since last year, which saw
him play Super Rugby for the Cheetahs in 2014 and 2015.
It’s been a notable rise for the former Junior Springbok
front-rower, who was part of the South African squad that lifted the Under-20
World Championship trophy at Newlands in 2012.
From Durban (where he was based at the Sharks between 2011
and 2013) to Kimberley to Bloemfontein, the 23-year-old has a new home in Port
Elizabeth, where he has signed a two-year contract with the Kings.
“The move to PE is a very exciting one,” Van Dyk told
MyPlayers.co.za. “On the field, it’s a fresh start and I feel I’m part of
something big with new challenges as the Kings prepare for Super Rugby. They
believe I can help them rebuild for 2016, and I hope to deliver.
“Off the field, I’ve always wanted to experience the ‘Friendly
City’ for myself. I’ve played here before, but now I get to spend more time
living in this environment. I love the sea and beaches, so I can’t want to
explore the city and its surroundings.”
Van Dyk added that he has settled in nicely at the Kings.
“The players have been very welcoming. There’s a positive
vibe in the squad, which is very motivating,” said Van Dyk. “I know Lizo
Gqoboka from previous encounters, and I’ve played with and against a few other
guys at various levels, so it hasn’t been difficult slotting into the team as
we prepare for the Currie Cup.
“The facilities at the Kings are very good, and the stadium
and pitch are world-class. The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is really a beautiful
venue. I can’t wait to get onto the field and start this new chapter.”
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