The Blue Bulls Company Monday confirmed they would not release their defence coach, John McFarland, who is still under contract untill 2010.

McFarland handed in his resignation on November 7 in an effort to join English club Leicester Tigers, but that was in violation of his contract which only expires in 2010. That means he will remain contracted to the Bulls.

McFarland, arguably the world’s best defence coach, has done remarkable work with the Bulls over the last couple of years and all the senior players as well as the coaches have the highest regard for his expertise, skills and coaching methods.

However, the Bulls are open to negotiate with Leicester on the condition they receive a formal request for his services from the English club. 

The Bulls and Leicester have a good business relationship and for example they managed to strike a deal over the services of Derick Hougaard earlier this year.