SCARLETS EXIT FOR CLAYTON
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.