The Vodacom Bulls have released yet another youngster after utility back Gerhard van den Heever signed a two year deal with Western Province. This comes after it was announced last week that Stefan Watermeyer is joining up with Welsh superclub Ospreys and after successful negotiations with the Bulls he was released from his contract.
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd and WP rugby today announced that the 22 year old player, who excels as wing and full back, has signed with Province for 2 years.
Van den Heever was contracted to the Vodacom Bulls till 31 October 2013, but after successful negotiations between the two provinces, has been transferred to Western Province and will join them from November 1st, 2011.
Van den Heever, who was born in Bloemfontein and schooled in Pretoria, made his provincial and Super Rugby debuts in 2009. He has 41 provincial caps (20 tries) and 31 Super Rugby caps (12 tries).
The BBC’s Head: Rugby, Heyneke Meyer commented on the move by saying: “I am happy that there is an opportunity for Gerhard in a very good environment. It is a coincidence that he will now play for the team that he made his debut against in 2009. We wish him good luck with his career and we truly hope that he will achieve his goals.”
Commenting on the signing WP Senior Professional Coach Rassie Erasmus said, ““We are happy that after we were able to conclude a similar transfer deal with the BBC for the in contract Lionel Cronje earlier this season, that we were able to successfully conclude this negotiation.
We believe Van den Heever to be a quality player with the right attributes to fit into our set-up and vision for the immediate future. Despite his young age he brings solid experience at Super Rugby level. We have a settled base of senior players and a number of emerging young stars and we believe he has the potential to make a valuable contribution at a number of levels.”