New Sharks CEO John Smit says that it is up to SA Rugby (SARU) to determine whether Springbok and Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis stays in South Africa or moves abroad.
Sharks hooker Du Plessis is in contract talks with the Sharks but has also received several offers from overseas teams with most of the interest coming from France.
The South African Rugby Union usually offer one year contracts to players but for some individuals they are considering offering longer term contracts.
“We have got an agreement in place but he wants to wait and see what SA Rugby has planned for him for his future before he commits to anything,” Smit told Eyewitness News Sport.
Smit said that he did not believe that SA Rugby would have any problems with committing to a player such as Bismarck.
"I'll be lying if I say he has signed, but we have come to an agreement, an agreement we are both happy with," said Smit.
The former Sharks and Springbok captain added that the Sharks had secured a contract with Bismarck's brother Jannie du Plessis and managed to "tie him down."