Fly-half Demetri Catrakilis is making a return to the Southern Kings where he will be one of the standout signings for the side ahead of the new season starting in September.
After much speculation and interest, English Premiership side, Harlequins and Kings reached an agreement for the talented pivot to return to Port Elizabeth to re-join the team for the 2019/20 PRO14 season.
The 29-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the franchise, with the option of an extension. He will join the Kings in July.
“We are happy to announce that Demetri Catrakilis will be joining us for the upcoming season, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the fly-half department,” director of high performance Robbi Kempson said.
Catrakilis was part of the Kings team that played in the 2013 Super Rugby campaign where he proved to be a valuable asset, playing in 15 matches and top-scoring with 151 points – which was a record for the franchise in Super Rugby.
He has also played for the Stormers (2014-2015) and French Top 14 side Montpellier (2015-2017) before joining Quins in 2017.
🚨 NEW SIGNING 🚨
The "Greek God" is returning home!
Demetri Catrakilis will make a much anticipated return to the ISUZU Southern Kings next season after signing from English side @Harlequins
— Isuzu Southern Kings (@SouthernKingsSA) June 12, 2019
Commenting on his return to the Southern Kings, Catrakilis added: “I’m extremely excited to be back at the Kings. I left a piece of my heart in PE when I left in 2013 and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to come back.
“I cannot wait to get to work with Robbi Kempson and the team to make this a successful forthcoming season. I’ve been following the Kings closely ever since I left and I’m looking forward to giving my all to the team and the supporters.”
Harlequins’ head of rugby Paul Gustard said: “Dim showed great mental strength to come back from a nasty injury last season and return to elite level rugby.
“We thank him for his contribution and wish him and his wife the very best in their next chapter.”