Kings agree to loan out Catrakilis

George Byron

ACE Southern Kings flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis has been given permission to join another union on loan after the Super Rugby relegation play-offs so that he can play Currie Cup Premier Division rugby later this season.

Though the pivot has already been linked to Western Province, it seems Catrakilis might be weighing up other options – and the name of the Bulls has also cropped up. The reason for Catrakilis wanting to leave Port Elizabeth after the play-offs is because the EP Kings play in the lower Currie Cup First Division.

“Demetri came to us and said he would prefer to play in the Currie Cup Premier Division and give himself an opportunity to go on the Springbok overseas tour at the end of the year,” Southern Kings boss Cheeky Watson said.

“We weighed it up and in the interests of the player we supported him in this thing because we can say that in our first season of Super Rugby we delivered a Springbok.

“So this is in the interest of Demetri and not in the interests of EP rugby. We are always committed to the growth and development of our players,” Watson said.

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