Evan Roos on the charge for WP… (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)
Star loose forward Evan Roos has signed a
contract extension with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR) that
will see him playing for the Stormers and Western Province until
at least 2025.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation at the back of the scrum for
both the Stormers and Western Province, since signing an initial
contract earlier this year.
The all-action No 8 had an eye-catching Carling Currie Cup campaign,
which saw him score eight tries and make consistent contributions on
both attack and defence for Western Province.
Having recovered from a minor leg injury, Roos is now poised to make
an impact for the Stormers in the upcoming United Rugby
Championship, starting with a four-match European tour.
Stormers coach John Dobson said that given Roos’ impressive
form this year, it made sense to commit him to a long-term contract.
“We are delighted to have a player of Evan’s quality on our books for
at least the next four years. There is no doubt that he has made
massive strides since joining us and we are excited to see how much
better he can get within our system in the years to come,” Dobson told the team’s official website.
Chairperson Ebrahim Rasool said the union was delighted to secure Roos’ services for the long-term.
“Evan has thrived in our system this year. This extension is part of
our growth and consolidation strategy. There will be others in the
period ahead as we further implement our Vision 2023, which we announced
some time ago.
“We are also looking forward to confirming a few additions which will
strengthen our squad next week ahead of the United Rugby Championship,” Rasool said.
Roos added that it made sense for him to commit to WPPR given how he
has grown in the environment both on and off the field this year.
“I really feel at home here and I am looking forward to the next four
years, working with the coaches and players that we have here to
achieve greater things.
“I am still quite young and have got great opportunities to grow as a
player here already, so to know that I will be here for at least the
next four years means that I can focus on my rugby and doing what I love
most,” Roos said.