Burly forward Dan Adongo has finally left South Africa’s Blue Bulls after being frustrated at the club.
The 23-year-old told the Nation on Tuesday that lack of attention and game time at Bulls forced him to shift to Counties Manakau in New Zealand.
Speaking from Pretoria on phone, Adongo said that no player can be happy in a team without being given a chance to play “no matter how much you earn”.
“Playing at high level was the most important thing for me when I joined Bulls from Sharks six months ago but I felt I wasn’t getting that,” said Adongo, who played for East Africa select side, Elgon Warriors, against visiting England Counties last month.
Adongo arrived from the Sharks and scored three tries in his first game for the Bulls, only to be ignored by the Bulls coaching staff until he was snapped up by former All Black Tana Umaga, the Counties Manakau coach, and offered a contract.
“I had to look for opportunities elsewhere and I believe New Zealand is the best and I should get what I am looking for,” Adongo said.
Adongo, who stands 198cm and weighs 113kg, said he will be leaving South Africa for his new home soon. Adongo was guarded on whether he still harbours a dream of playing for the Springboks.
“There are two different and sensitive things going on at the moment and I wouldn’t like to talk about that at the moment since I could be breaking some communication and trust,” said Adongo, who didn’t downplay the possibility of playing in South Africa again.
“This is professional rugby hence I will let my heart follow my dream. Nothing is impossible in the world of sport.”