DANIEL Arries of Windhoek High School has signed a two-year contract with the Golden Lions Rugby Union.
The contract will come into effect from 1 January 2013 and will secure Arries`s services until the end of 2014.
According to Arries`s agent Lu-Wayne Botes, Arries impressed the Lions scouts during his performances for WHS at the Easter Festival in Johannesburg and at last year`s Craven Week.
`The Lions have been watching a few promising young players for some time. Daniel caught their eye. The offer of a junior provincial contract by a big union in South Africa is without a doubt a huge compliment and opportunity for the young player,` he said. `The Lions made it a point to sign Arries before the start of the Craven Week in Port Elizabeth in July,` Botes added.
Namibian rugby will no doubt also benefit from the exposure and development Arries will receive in Johannesburg. Many past and present Namibian players received some form of coaching in South Africa at some point in their careers.
The 18-year-old Arries said it was a dream come true. `It is a great honour to be offered a contract by the Lions. It has been my dream since childhood to one day play professional rugby for a big union. I thank the Lord above as there are many other players with the same dreams and aspirations. I would like to thank God, friends and family, coaches, Primary School Orban, WHS, the Namibian Craven Week team, Lu-Wayne Botes and the Michelle McLean Children Trust,` he said.
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He has received offers from the Golden Lions and Sharks for 2011.
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