Strauss' future to be decided

Cheetahs hooker Adriaan Strauss could stay with the Union despite being linked with a move to the Bulls.

Springbok player, Adriaan Strauss. Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - EWN Sport has been told that Cheetahs captain and Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss' future could be decided at a Cheetahs board meeting later today.

Strauss has been heavily linked with a move away from the Free State Union, with a significant offer reportedly on the table from the Bulls.

Strauss has seemingly had a change of heart over the course of the last few weeks, and could be set to stay in Bloemfontein.

Cheetahs Managing Director Harold Verster confirmed last night that Strauss had presented them with a proposal for him to stay, which would be discussed at a board meeting later today.

"We have agreements on most of the issues, but there are still one or two things that he needs to be clarified by us. They're quite tough issues, so I'll have to take it to the Board of Control for the Free State Cheetahs. Luckily we have a board meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Johannesburg, where I will table it for discussion and a decision."

Verster says that if his board agrees to Strauss' proposal, then the veteran hooker will remain a Cheetahs player.

"If we can (come to an agreement), then it will be a yes for him. If we can't, then he might leave us. It depends. If we say no (to his proposal), it's still open for him to accept our offer but it might be a deal breaker. I'm not sure exactly, and these are the things I need to discuss with the board."

Verster says that it is unlikely they'll have confirmation of Strauss' intentions on Thursday.

"The board will take a decision, and we'll convey it to Adriaan. Then he'll decide based on our response, if he'll stay or not."