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Watson to Sharks not happening

09th January 2014 07:08

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Luke Watson Captain of the Southern Kings

Kings priority: Luke Watson

Luke Watson's mooted switch to the Sharks for the upcoming Super Rugby season will not be happening, according to the player.

Watson is contracted to the Kings, who will not participate in Super Rugby this season after losing the relegation/promotion playoff against the Lions.

Sharks boss Jake White contacted Watson about playing for the Durban side in a loan move for this year's tournament, but Watson confirmed that the switch would not go ahead after reiterating that his priorities lay with the Kings.

"We never talked in-depth. He was just checking to see who is available," Watson told Die Burger.

"He asked about my injury and when I'd be fit again, and also if I would be interested to train with the Sharks. I explained that the Kings are my first priority.

"That's all that was said and the conversation probably didn't last longer than two minutes. It was totally blown out of proportion."

Watson insisted he was in no need to rush his return to fitness, whilst adding that he wanted to be part of the Kings plans following the appointment of a group of new coaches including Carlos Spencer and Michael Horak.

"I underwent an operation four months ago and I'm on course with my recovery. I should be ready to play any time between late February and middle March. I'm not going to rush my return," added Watson.

"Things are starting to happen here. We added Carlos Spencer (backline coach), Michael Horak and Tiger Mangweni (both defence coaches) to our coaching team and there could be more appointments soon.

"I'd like to be part of the execution of the vision."

White and Watson famously fell out after the former South Africa coach was forced to include Watson in the Springboks squad in 2007 for political reasons.

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