Hougaard hunting Bulls spot
Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard
is back in South Africa for good and keen to continue his career in Pretoria with the Bulls.
Hougaard told the Rapport
newspaper he's not going back to England even though he's still contracted with English side, Saracens, until the end of May this year.
However, it's still unsure if he'll ever don the famous blue jersey again. He is currently in the final phase of rehabilitation from an Achilles injury - an injury he's had three operations on since sustaining it on 16 October, 2010. He hasn't played since and trained with Bulls fitness guru, Bazil Carzis, these last few months. He also regularly sat in an oxygen tank.
More clarity on the state of his injury should be known by the end of next month.
The injury was also the reason why the Bulls did not offer Hougaard a contract earlier this year, after then director of rugby Heyneke Meyer
, wanted sign the 29-year-old.
However, Rapport reveals that should Hougaard successfully recover, he might be offered a stint at the Pretoria-based union.
Hougaard says his permanent return to South Africa is largely thanks to I-Truck, an insurance company for heavy vehicles, which recently employed him.
"They made it possible for me to say goodbye to Saracens.
"I'm really excited about it, especially because I can now come home permanently.
"I hope to get the green light to be able to play again and I'm hopeful that my talks with the Blue Bulls will be positive so I can continue my career at Loftus Versfeld," said Hougaard.