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Trio agree new deals with Cheetahs

Robert and Sias Ebersohn along with Coenie Oosthuizen have signed one-year contract extensions with the Cheetahs to keep them in Bloemfontein until the end of 2011.

The trio were all the subject of interest from South Africa's bigger franchises, but opted to stay on for a further 12 months.

Robert Ebersohn, a former national sevens star, received a lucrative offer from the Sharks, while the other two were reportedly being courted by the two Gauteng unions, the Bulls and Lions.

Coach Naka Drotske was pleased that the players had committed their short-term future to the club, saying he fully understood why they did not want to sign longer deals.

He told "We're very glad that they have signed and made the decision to stay at the Cheetahs.

"That (short contracts) is the way things go at the moment. Young players don't want to commit for too long with their futures.

"We are targeted a lot by other unions and it is nice that they will stay. That is the law of the market at the moment."

However, the Cheetahs will lose utility back Meyer Bosman next season after he agreed a move to the Sharks.

Drotske added: "Meyer has been open with us all through the negotiations and we wish him well.

"We will now start to look for a replacement as we have been concentrating to try and keep him in the province."


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