The Sharks have just completed their “Locked and Reloaded” marketing campaign in which they unveiled a core of players that will serve the franchise through to the next World Cup, and an impressive list it is too.
THE SHARKS have just completed their “Locked and Reloaded” marketing campaign in which they unveiled a core of players that will serve the franchise through to the next World Cup, and an impressive list it is too.
Player drain to the northern hemisphere is typically the curse of South African coaches attempting to build and maintain a winning team, but Sean Everitt now has the luxury of a strong core of players with which to forge a champion team over the next few years.
The campaign has seen a player a day announced on social media by a chosen stakeholder at the Sharks.
Former players, sponsors, former coaches, and suite holders have each day introduced a player that has committed to the Sharks.
In total, 29 of the Sharks senior squad of 45 players were “locked and reloaded” but chief executive Ed Coetzee says that the balance of the squad are hardly out of the picture.
“The other players are very much part of the plans moving forward; however, their contracts had not come up for renewal and so were not re-signed over the lockdown period.
“Also, a number of guys secured in this campaign are young stars coming through to the seniors that needed to have their junior contracts upgraded.”
Among the 29 are most of the Sharks’ heavyweights, Springboks such as Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi and Sbu Nkosi, while players whose contracts will be renewed at a later date include senior players such as Ox Nche, Thomas du Toit, Werner Kok and Hyron Andrews.
“We are very pleased with the public reaction to Locked and Reloaded,” Coetzee said.
“It went down well, and by involving all stakeholders in the Sharks we got the message across that a successful team is not about 15 players and two coaches – it is about everybody who cares about the Sharks, from fans to sponsors and many others.”
Sharks who have renewed their contracts
Aphelele Fassi, Curwin Bosch, James Venter, JJ van der Mescht, Makazole Mapimpi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Boeta Chamberlain, Celimpilo Gumede, Dylan Richardson, Emile van Heerden, Evan Roos, Fezo Mbatha, Grant Williams, Jaden Hendrikse, Jeremy Ward, John-Hubert Meyer, Kerron van Vuuren, Khutha Mchunu, Lucky Dlepu, Lukhanyo Am, Madosh Tambwe, Marius Louw, Mzamo Majola, Phepsi Buthelezi, Ruben van Heerden, Sanele Nohamba, Sbu Nkosi, Werner Kok