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Watson's move to the Sharks unlikely to happen

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson looks set to stay in Port Elizabeth

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Article Published: Thursday 9 January 2014|

Southern Kings captain Luke Watson's move to the Sharks under new Director of Rugby Jake White looks to have fizzled out.

White shocked the rugby fraternity in South Africa last year when he made contact with Watson over a possible move to Durban.

However Watson has now revealed that while he was interested in playing for the Sharks nothing further has come from the telephone call.

"We never talked in-depth. He was just checking to see who is available," Watson told Die Burger.

"He asked about my injury and when I'd be fit again, and also if I would be interested to train with the Sharks. I explained that the Kings are my first priority."

"That's all that was said and the conversation probably didn't last longer than two minutes. It was totally blown out of proportion," said Watson.

Watson had an operation on a fractured foot last year and has been out of action since then and will therefore not be ready in time for the start of the Super Rugby season.

"I underwent an operation four months ago and I'm on course with my recovery. I should be ready to play any time between late February and middle March. I'm not going to rush my return," said Watson.

Watson has insisted that his "primary focus" is with the Southern Kings who have been assured of a place in Super Rugby from 2016.

"Things are starting to happen here. We added Carlos Spencer (backline coach), Michael Horak and Tiger Mangweni (both defence coaches) to our coaching team and there could be more appointments soon.

"I'd like to be part of the execution of the vision."

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