Cape Town - Centre Tim Whitehead has become the first player to walk out on the EP Kings after the union’s failure to compensate players.
The 10-day deadline for paying the players' October salaries expired at midnight on Tuesday without any action from the Kings’ management.
This means that from a legal perspective, the players can cancel existing contracts with the Eastern Province Rugby Union and take up matters elsewhere.
Whitehead on Thursday confirmed to SA Rugbymag that he has decided to leave the Kings.
“You just get to the point when enough is enough and you’ve got to make a difficult decision,” said Whitehead.
Whitehead is unsure of his next destination, but says playing Super Rugby would be “first prize”.
Other players rumoured to also be leaving the Kings include prop Lizo Gqoboka, wing Luther Obi, loose forward Tim Agaba, prop Tom Botha and wing Sylvian Mahuza.