Fullback Gelant to join Stormers

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by Beth Newman

Springboks fullback Warrick Gelant is joining the Stormers next season.

Gelant has played all of his Super Rugby so far with the Bulls but with his current contract expiring after this season, the 25-year-old has made a switch.

Gelant will fill the void left by Dillyn Leyds, who was among a group of players to exit their contracts under coronavirus cost-cutting measures.

Stormers coach John Dobson said Gelant's arrival was timely.

“With Dillyn Leyds leaving, we couldn’t have asked for anyone better to step into the 15 jersey. I am sure his presence will also have a hugely positive influence on the players around him," he said.

“We are also looking forward to giving Damian Willemse the opportunity to settle at flyhalf going forward, with Warrick providing his trademark strike threat from the back.

“Warrick is a deadly finisher with a wonderful feel for the game and awareness of space, which is just what we need for the talent we already have in the backline to thrive.

Gelant said he felt the Stormers would help take his game to the "next level".

“I can’t wait to join up with the DHL Stormers and I’m very excited about what the future holds. I want to take my game to new heights and I believe that working with the players and the coaches at the DHL Stormers will help me to do that,” he said.

The Stormers were sitting second in the South African conference when Super Rugby was shut down in March having won four of their six matches so far.