Written by: Dave Macleod
Smuts eager for a fresh start at the Dolphins
Durban – Heading into the new season the Hollywoodbets Dolphins have made
a few new signings, none bigger than welcoming Proteas all-rounder Jon-Jon
Smuts to Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium for the upcoming campaign.
Smuts, who has spent his entire career at the Warriors and Eastern
Province, has made the trip up the East Coast to Durban with an eye on
rejuvenating himself in a fresh environment and amongst a talented group
The 33 year-old moves to Kingsmead having played over 100 matches in each
format and with a wealth of experience that includes three T20 and six ODI
caps for South Africa. He feels the move will help him just as much as his
knowledge might help the other players.
“I do see myself as a senior player and someone who has been around,”
Smuts said. “I am in a position where I can pass on some experience and
some knowledge onto the other players, but in saying that the Dolphins
have an exciting squad and some unbelievable players so it is a chance for
me to come and learn from some of the best in the country.
“This will definitely help me in taking my game to another level and
hopefully I can help the other guys along in their journey; and that’s
something that I am really looking forward to.”
Having spent his career at St George’s Park, when he was thinking about
moving, the lure of another coastal side was big for him and that’s a
reason why he chose the Dolphins.
“I felt a change would be really good for me and obviously being an
Eastern Cape boy and growing up on the coast I was looking for somewhere
that would have similar conditions and atmosphere.
“Durban was the big city that attracted me and I have loved my time spent
"I have really enjoyed every time I have come to play the Dolphins here so
it is an exciting move for me and something that I couldn’t turn down.”
Smuts formed a crucial part of the Warriors side for many years and has
proven to be a player that can never be counted out, and his attitude and
ability will bolster the Dolphins side as that competitive fire still
burns brightly in him.
“I want to win trophies with the Dolphins,” he stressed. “The Dolphins
have a proud history of being a very successful team so for me it is about
trying to add to the trophy cabinet.
“You want to win trophies for your domestic side so that is what I am
looking to do and hopefully we can achieve that as a Dolphins group.
“I think we have a really exciting squad lined up for next season so there
is a lot to look forward to,” Smuts added.
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all-rounder Jon-Jon Smuts is looking forward to a new chapter when he
joins the Hollywoodbets Dolphins from the start of the 2022/23 season.
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