Dragons are Muller light after bid to bring in South African lock falls through
SOUTH African former Baby Boks giant lock Martin Muller will not be joining the Newport Gwent Dragons after his deal with the region collapsed.
The 25-year-old ex-Cheetahs second row has joined the Golden Lions and will play for them in the Currie Cup Premier Division instead.
It is unclear at this stage why his deal with the Dragons fell through.
But Muller has been quoted as saying that money was at the root of the problem.
The lock had suffered an ankle problem which curtailed his Super rugby career and this year he has had to contend with further worries, this time in the form of a groin injury.
Outside of his native country, little is known about the 6ft 6in and 17st 5lb front five forward.
When the Dragons announced in April he was joining them, head coach Darren Edwards heralded Muller’s arrival, underlining how he was eligible to represent Wales.
“We’ve been tracking him for a year and have had some great references from current and past Springboks coaches,” he said.
“He is in the prime of his career and is ready to break through, so hopefully we’ve got him at the right time.
“He could play for Wales if he chooses to do so and the Springboks aren’t happy about this signing, because a lot of their second rows have moved on.
“South Africans have become very influential in the RaboDirect Pro12 because of the nature of their game and their physicality.
“And people will see the obvious potential in Martin when he comes over.”
Less convinced at the time was respected former Ospreys boss Sean Holley who blasted Muller’s signing, criticizing the Dragons for bringing in a player “no-one has ever heard of”.
Cape Town-born Muller’s player profile was still on the Dragons’ website last night where he is listed as being in their current squad.
Dragons team manager Rob Beale refused to comment on the story when the Argus contacted him yesterday.
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