Lions speaking to Jantjies
The Lions have begun contract negotiations with several senior players after securing their return to Super Rugby.
Negotiations have begun following the Lions' return to Super Rugby, after coming out on top over the course of two legs against the Kings.
The futures of key players including Elton Jantjies and Franco Van Der Merwe are in doubt after both players spent time last season away on-loan in Super Rugby to the Stormers and Sharks respectively.
With other stars including Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Lionel Mapoe and Martin Bezuidenhout all interesting other sides, Ackermann admits the process for securing next season's squad starts now.
"We're going straight into negotiations with senior players this week," said Ackermann to SportLIVE.
"We couldn't commit to the players until we knew the outcome of these two games against the Kings.
"We had a plan B in place in case we didn't earn promotion, which was to focus on... our junior structures, but now we can start speaking to players such as Franco van der Merwe and Elton Jantjies.
"Obviously their agents have been negotiating with other unions, so we need to move quickly if we want to retain their services.
"The floor for negotiation is now open, and in Elton's case it's up to him to decide where he wants to play."