The return of Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant has infused renewed energy into the DHL Stormers as they prepare for the upcoming Vodacom United Rugby Championship season. Gelant, who shone brightly during the Stormers’ victorious 2021/2022 URC campaign, has returned to the Cape after a season in France.
Gelant’s affection for the Stormers’ environment, which he grew to appreciate after transitioning from the Bulls a few years ago, proved irresistible, and he was set for an extended absence. As evidence of this, he has signed a three-year contract with the Cape franchise. This announcement will be welcomed by Stormers fans, given Gelant’s pivotal role in their spectacular transformation from underdogs to champions during the inaugural URC season through their dynamic counter-attacking strategy.
Gelant’s return had been rumoured for some time, but the Stormers officially confirmed the move on Friday. This revelation also sheds light on the Stormers’ reserved reaction when presented with the opportunity to sign current Bok first-choice Willie le Roux, who later joined the Bulls.
According to Stormers head coach John Dobson, Gelant’s influence extends beyond the pitch. He expressed the Cape team’s collective excitement for Gelant’s return, recognising Gelant’s adeptness in sync with their playing style. Dobson praised Gelant’s professionalism, emphasising his positive influence both on and off the pitch. This alignment resulted in an unequivocal embrace of Gelant’s return and increased excitement for his performance in a Stormers uniform.
Gelant expressed his joy at rejoining the team and has already begun preparing for the upcoming season, which begins in October. With pre-season activities underway, Gelant expressed his delight at reuniting with the team he had closely followed during his absence. He expressed confidence in the team’s ability to achieve even greater feats, attributing this ability to the combined strengths of the players, coaches, and unwavering fan support. Gelant’s joy was palpable as he stated his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success.
In essence, Gelant’s return represents a watershed moment for the Stormers as they look to build on their recent successes. His seamless integration into the team’s strategy, as well as his off-field influence, are expected to strengthen the Stormers’ position this season. Gelant’s return to the pitch in Stormers colours not only represents a formidable athletic asset, but also embodies the team’s shared aspirations and determination.
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