Jonathan Mokuena
3 minute read
12 Mar 2022
7:30 am

A win-win move: Other unions can learn from Sharks deal with Am

Jonathan Mokuena

The Sharks will lose a key player for a few weeks, but the good news is Lukhanyo Am has not been permanently lost.

Lukhanyo Am of the Sharks will turn out for the Kobe Steelers in Japan over the next two months. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

So, the Sharks will have to soldier on, for now, without their world class centre Lukhanyo Am. It’s not ideal, but the good news is the Sharks captain’s move to Japan is only for a few weeks. And I can’t help but wonder why deals of this nature haven’t been sealed more often before, rather than unions losing a player permanently to an overseas team? This specific deal between the Sharks and Am, and the Kobe Steelers, is a smart one. It allows the player to move to a cash-rich league in Japan to earn a few additional bucks while...