Morne Steyn to leave the Bulls

Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn during a training session in Cape Town on 13 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
CAPE TOWN - Springbok Flyhalf Morne Steyn will be leaving the Bulls at the end of his contract.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Sport, his agent Johan van Greune said Steyn's likely destination could be French club Stade Francais.

Talks are at an advanced stage between the parties over a three-year deal that will see him move to Paris at the end of this season's Super Rugby campaign. 

Van Greune said the flyhalf will however still be available for Springbok selection.

"Morne has spoken to Heyneke, they have discussed this. Obviously it is difficult to make commitments from Heyneke's side. That's one of the reasons he chose to go to France. It does open the door for him to play for the Springboks in the future."

Van Greune said the Bok pivot's future is not 100 percent wrapped up yet.

"There is a deal on the table and we're waiting for final paper work. The final decision to move to Stade Francais has also not been taken by Morne. His contract to play for the Bulls is until the end of this year.”

He said they are still waiting on confirmation from the Bulls.

"We're waiting for a pre-contract from Stade Francais, and then I need approval from the Bulls so that he can leave after Super Rugby, because obviously his contract is until the end of October. So, there are still a few things to be done before there's an actual contract signed."

Van Greune said it’s the best decision for Steyn at this stage.

"Obviously Morne's not getting younger, so he's decided to take on a new challenge, and the new challenge is playing overseas."

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)