The Southern Kings have lost another player after English club Exeter Chiefs announced the signing of lock Wilhelm van der Sluys on Wednesday.
The second-rower is the third player in recent weeks to leave the Kings after scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and flank Tyler Paul signed with the Sharks.
The Kings will play a revamped European Pro 12 competition later in 2017 and are desperately trying to retain the bulk of the squad that performed well in 2017 Super Rugby.
Van der Sluys heads to Sandy Park on a one-year deal. Born in Paarl‚ he attended Paarl Boys High School before moving on to the University of Stellenbosch‚ where he played for Maties.
Also part of Western Province‚ he made his debut during the 2012 Vodacom Cup‚ coming on as a replacement in their game against a Pampas XV‚ before going on to win the Currie Cup in the same year.
Although rugby remained a key objective for Van der Sluys in terms of his career‚ the youngster was also keen to ensure he continued his education and it was not until 2016 that he really took up the sport on a full-time basis.
Recruited by Worcester Warriors‚ his spell there was short-lived‚ making just one appearance for the Midlanders in the Anglo-Welsh Cup before he enjoyed the odd loan game with both Rotherham Titans and London Scottish.
A chance‚ however‚ to return home to SA with the Kings followed in March and the player quickly established himself in their ranks‚ featuring in Super Rugby alongside former Exeter player Chrysander Botha.
It was his displays in that competition that brought him to the attention of the Chiefs‚ who have moved swiftly to bolster their back five options following the departures of Geoff Parling and Damian Welch‚ as well as the rehabilitation of key forward Dave Ewers.