With the Stormers experiencing a lukewarm Super Rugby campaign, the news that injured Jaco Taute is considering extending his stay in the Cape will be welcome news to the Cape Town-based franchise.
EWN’s website reports that Taute is seriously considering calling Cape Town his permanent home.
He is currently at the Stormers on loan from the Lions, who are not participating in this years Super Rugby tournament.
However, Taute will become a free agent in July, when his contract with the Golden Lions Rugby Union ends, which would mean that Taute is eligible to move to any team of his choice.
Taute also confirmed that he has received numerous offers and that he just needs to asses which option is best for him.
“Cape Town is a wonderful place. It’s always a new experience going to another union, but I enjoyed it a lot. It has a really great set-up and that’s what I need to think about when I further my career. Both unions are great but it’s up to me to look at the pros and cons of where I want to play my rugby next year.”
Taute’s representative, Eduard Kelder confirmed that the Lions gave the go-ahead for them to consider interest from other parties.
“We received permission from the Lions to get interest and offers from other places because he won’t be available for the promotion/relegation playoffs or the Currie Cup. We still have to inform them about the offers we get, but we would have to get permission from them to take up the contract.”
Taute is currently sidelined because of a horrific knee injury he sustained against the Cheetahs earlier this seasons and will be out for the rest of the 2013 rugby season.