Bok fullback bids farewell to Bulls

Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant has decided to leave the Bulls to join the Stormers.

Gelant, who turned 25 on Wednesday, did not renew his Bulls contract, which ends in July.

'Warrick is an amazing player, and there is no doubt he will excel wherever he goes,' said Bulls director of rugby Jake White.

'It’s sad to see him go and we would have loved to keep him at Loftus, but we fully understand his decision and wish him all of the best with his rugby journey ahead.'

Stormers coach John Dobson said the arrival of Gelant is a major boost to his team.

'Warrick has established himself as one of the most dynamic backline players in South Africa, so we could not be more thrilled to have him on our books going forward.

'With Dillyn Leyds leaving, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to step into the 15 jersey. I am sure his presence will also have a hugely positive influence on the players around him.

'We are also looking forward to giving Damian Willemse the opportunity to settle at flyhalf going forward, with Warrick providing his trademark strike threat from the back.

'Warrick is a deadly finisher with a wonderful feel for the game and awareness of space, which is just what we need for the talent we already have in the backline to thrive.'

Gelant said he is looking forward to linking up with his new teammates.

'I want to take my game to new heights and I believe that working with the players and the coaches at the Stormers will help me to do that,' he added.

Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix