It was reported this morning in the Cape Times newspaper that Western Province and Stormers rugby have managed to extend the contracts of Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers which will see them stay in the Cape for at least another year.
Players like Schalk Burger, Jaque Fourie, Duane Vermeulen, Tiaan Liebenberg and Andries Bekker are also believed to have committed to the union and will put their signatures on the dotted line soon.
This means that of their top players, the union at this stage will only lose the services of Anton van Zyl (Stade) and Francois Louw (Bath) as even Bryan Habana might stay on another year following a breakdown in negotiations with Toulon.
As good as this may sound for the Cape based team, it might also mean that they might lose a player like Johann Sadie who has reportedly been offered a contract at the Bulls. With all three current Bok centers believed to extend their contracts, Sadie might be persuaded to make a move to Pretoria in view of getting more game time, a similar situation which saw Western Province lose the talented Francois Hougaard a couple of years ago.
For those Stormers fans hoping to hold onto Sadie there might be a glimmer of hope however as Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed in the aftermath of their season-ending defeat last Saturday that any team that hopes to be competitive in Super Rugby will need a squad of minimum 40 players which will have to be rotated effectively.
It now remains to be seen whether Stormers and WP management can convince Sadie of this fact and retain his services in 2012.