“Here at The Sharks we have a definite plan for our team. Could Jake White add value? Of course he can,” Smit said in reaction to media reports that White, who quit as coach of the Brumbies on Wednesday, was lined up to be director of coaching.
“He is a very successful coach with an amazing track record. We would welcome an opportunity to engage with him, should it so arise.”
Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday that he was due to take over the position currently held by Brendan Venter.
White, who coached the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, coached the Canberra-based Brumbies for the past two seasons. Earlier this year the Brumbies made it to the finals of the Super 15 rugby tournament.
White still had two years to run on his contract.
Venter replaced New Zealand-born John Plumtree earlier this year when Smit was appointed chief executive of the Sharks.