Cheetahs utility back William Small-Smith has reaffirmed his commitment to the Bloemfontein franchise.
Small-Smith is currently in Johannesburg where he's undergoing rehabilitation for a concussion.
This has led to rumours that he could join the Lions following his rehab period.
However, in an interview with OFM Sport, the 28-year-old said that while he is currently in Johannesburg, he remains contracted to the Cheetahs until the end of October 2022.
"I am currently doing my concussion rehab with Dr (John) Patricios and his team in Johannesburg. The reason is that Dr Patricios is the leader in his field and will give me the best chance to return to the field as soon as possible.
"The Cheetahs gave me the permission to do so as they have my best interests at heart and also believe he is the right man to help me. I will do all I can to represent them when I am fit and healthy to do so," he said.
Small-Smith was schooled at Grey College in Bloemfontein but started his professional career at the Bulls in 2011, before moving to the Cheetahs in 2016.
The Cheetahs are currently preparing for SA Rugby's preparation series and will open their campaign against the Stormers at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.