It has been reported that Johann Sadie is set to leave the Bulls after only one season to join the Cheetahs.
Yesterday SuperSport.com reported that Sadie was in talks with Bulls management about his future at the union with Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, confirming that talks are currently underway.
Die Volksblad today speculated that the talented center might actually join the Cheetahs.
Sadie who first caught everyone’s attention as a talented Western Province player left the union at the end of 2011 with team mate, JJ Engelbrecht, to join the Bulls. While Western Province fans were left fuming at the loss the Bulls welcomed a player who they believed will become a Springbok in a very short space of time.
It was in fact current Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, who masterminded the move while he was still the Director of Rugby at the Pretoria franchise.
Injuries and indifferent form in Super Rugby this year however saw Sadie’s less fancied friend, JJ Engelbrecht, leapfrog him not only to a more permanent starting position at the Bulls, but also at a national level where he earned a call-up from Meyer during the England test series.
Exactly what has prompted Sadie to make such a drastic step after just one season is unclear.
One aspect that could’ve prompted him to look at other unions was the fact that he left Western Province last year having been offered a similar amount but was promised more game time at the Bulls. It seems that Sadie could well be exercising such an escape clause to look for greener pastures.