Du Toit signs with Sharks

EWN Sport understands he turned down lucrative offers from the Bulls and Western Province.

Pieter-Steph du Toit attends his first Springbok training session in Cape Town on 15 April 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Sharks were given a huge boost with news that young lock Pieter-Steph du Toit signed a two-year contract extension in Durban.

EWN Sport understands he turned down lucrative offers from the Bulls and Western Province.

On Thursday, Bulls assistant coach Victor Matfield said the 20-year-old was the player "every union wanted" and was optimistic he could lure him to Loftus.

Sharks CEO John Smit said, "The kind of potential this player has is unlimited. He could possibly be the best number five in the world, let alone in South Africa.

"He's committed to working hard towards that and he's decided that Durban is the best place for him to do so."

Smit was full of praise for du Toit's character.

"It's really exciting for everyone from a Sharks point of view. I was obviously part of the meeting with Pieter-Steph. His attitude is incredible and he's an incredibly humble guy. He's going to go far and I'm glad that he's chosen to do so in Durban."

The former Springbok captain hopes du Toit's signing, as well as the long-term futures of the du Plessis brothers, will entice the fans back to King's Park.

"I think it's going to be a massive plus for the fans. They haven't had too much to shout about. To see someone like Pieter-Steph, with the world in his palm, is going to be a massive positive for our fans.

"He's contracted for the rest of this year and then we added another two years on to that. So we've got him for 2014 and 2015."