Vermaak, 26 years old has played for the Lions since his Junior days in 2004, and felt the time was right for a move with the challenges that it presents. He will do battle with Francois Hougaard for the number 9 jersey in Pretoria.
“I felt it was time to make a change. I was with the Lions for a long time and when this offer came along, I knew it the right one at the right time for the right team,” Vermaak said.
Blue Bulls President Barend van Graan expressed his excitement at the signing of Vermaak saying “Jano is world class and will fit in nicely with our Bulls culture as he lives in Pretoria already. We are looking forward to the contributions he will make.”
This signing indicates the seriousness with which the Bulls intend replacing their senior players who are due to move on after the Rugby World Cup, while leaving the Lions decidedly thin on experience at Scrumhalf following the recent departure of Rory Kockett.
Following the announcement of the move, Vermaak has immediately been left out of the MTN Golden Lions team to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versveld this weekend. He will be replaced by Michael Bondisio.