French Ligue 1 club Rennes terminate Bafana Bafana striker Kermit Erasmus’ contract

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The Port Elizabeth-born striker is free to join a club of his choice after parting ways with Les Rouges et Noirs on Thursday

French Ligue 1 side Rennes have announced that they have terminated the contract of South Africa marksman Kermit Erasmus.

The 27-year-old striker struggled to break into the Les Rouges et Noirs starting line-up this season. In fact, he failed to make a single appearance in the Ligue 1.

Erasmus joined Rennes from PSL giants Orlando Pirates in January 2016, and he made only two league appearances under coach Christian Gourcuff in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign.

Gourcuff gave the former SuperSport United striker a chance to establish himself at the beginning of the following season, but Erasmus featured in eight games without finding the back of the net.

Rennes then decided to loan out the diminutive forward to Ligue 2 side Lens midway through the 2016/17 season.

Erasmus enjoyed regular game time at Lens, scoring once in 12 official appearances.

While Lens were reportedly keen to retain the former South Africa under-20 international the following season, Rennes took him back at the end of his loan stint.

The club has since decided to part ways with Erasmus, and released an official statement confirming the news.

"Stade Rennais FC and Kermit Erasmus have early terminated the contract that bound them since January 2016," read the statement.

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"The player is therefore free of any commitment. The Rouge & Noir wish him every success and happiness for the rest of his career," concluded the statement.

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