Shaun Venter joins the Ospreys from Cheetahs
Ospreys Rugby are delighted to finally be able to announce the signing of Shaun Venter on a two-year deal after a prolonged delay due to difficulties with the Governing Bodies and UK Border Agency.
• Venter signs from Cheetahs having played a combined 117 times for Toyota Cheetahs and the Free State Cheetahs.
• He has appeared for the South African Barbarians and South African Sevens side as well.
• Shaun becomes the fourth summer signing for the Ospreys including Forwards Coach Carl Hogg.
Venter joins the Ospreys from the Toyota Cheetahs and brings a wealth of experience and physicality to the region. During his career, the South African born player has played in a variety of positions including full-back, centre and as a winger before settling at scrum-half.
The 32-year-old joins an Ospreys side who travel to Dublin this weekend after a playing career that has led him to represent his country in rugby sevens and South African Barbarians. Venter has had stints at Pumas, Southern Kings and Toyota Cheetahs before joining the South Wales region at the start of their PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup campaign.
Rugby General Manager Dan Griffiths has been working through the situation but has spoken of his delight in finally getting the signing over the line, he said:
Head Coach, Allen Clarke, echoed Griffiths sentiment, highlighting that Venter’s signing couldn’t come soon enough:
“Shaun is a player I've admired for sometime and I’m delighted he, Anje his wife, son Douw & daughter Tana have finally arrived in Swansea.
"He’s a tremendous professional, highly respected in the game and a player who adds quality and experience to our half-back stocks.
"He will also have a significant role to play in the development of our younger half-backs, Harri Morgan, Reuben Morgan-Williams and Matthew Aubrey.
“Shaun’s arrival is another major addition for the Ospreys and shows, again, how ambitious we are to re-establish ourselves as one of the top sides in Europe. I’m confident he’ll have a big impact in that journey.”
Venter joins fellow South African players Tom Botha and Hanno Dirksen at the Ospreys and having made the move from Bloemfontein to Swansea, after the delay in his arrival, Venter is now looking to making his mark on the field, he told OspreysTV: “I’m ecstatic, I got off to a good start with the boys and everyone’s been very welcoming.
When asked about his style of play, Venter added: “I would like to say I’m a running 9, taking chances around the rucks. I’ve got a good kicking foot on me, I think and I love scoring tries.”