SCAR­LETS EXIT FOR CLAY­TON

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

THE Scar­lets have re­leased South African Clay­ton Blom­metjies after one sea­son, elect­ing to pay him out of the fi­nal year of his con­tract.

The 28-year-old failed to make any sort of im­pact at the re­gion, fea­tur­ing in just six matches be­fore be­ing shipped out on loan to Le­ices­ter Tigers in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

For­merly of the Chee­tahs, Blom­metjies caught the eye at times shortly after the South African fran­chise joined the Welsh, Scot­tish, Ir­ish and Ital­ians in the league.

It was enough for the Scar­lets to take a punt on the full-back, but it proved to be hasty de­ci­sion and things haven’t worked out.

Ex­plain­ing his ab­sence last year, ex-Scar­lets boss Wayne Pi­vac raised ques­tion marks over his fit­ness levels.

“We do things a bit dif­fer­ently from the Chee­tahs and ex­pec­ta­tion on the play­ers is to be in a cer­tain shape and Clay­ton has a bit of work to do in that area,” said Pi­vac at the start of last sea­son.

His lim­ited game-time would sug­gest he never reached sat­is­fac­tory levels of fit­ness and it seems the re­gion had lost pa­tience.

There has been no of­fi­cial con­for­ma­tion from the re­gion, but Blom­metjies says he has been shown the door and is now scram­bling to find an em­ployer for next sea­son.

“I did my job, I did what they asked of me,” Blom­metjies told South Africa news out­let Netwerk24.

“They are go­ing to pay out the year of my con­tract and my agent is look­ing for me else­where.

“I was sad when I heard the bad news a few days ago.

“It hurt, but I am pa­tiently wait­ing for my agent to try something for me.

“My wife and child en­joyed it there, so it is just so sad to hear that we won’t go back.”

Blom­metjies went on to sug­gest he would be keen to get an­other club out­side of South Africa, al­lud­ing to the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of get­ting a job over­seas.

But he laughed off sug­ges­tions Clay­ton Blom­metjies in action for the Scar­lets against Ul­ster last Septem­ber. that Ja­pan was on the cards, in­sist­ing he has noth­ing on the table at the mo­ment.

Also last week, the Scar­lets an­nounced the sign­ing of Wales in­ter­na­tional Tom James, who will bol­ster the back-three stocks at Parc y Scar­lets.

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