Cape Town - Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck says flyhalf Peter Grant is eager to play a full season of Super Rugby with the franchise.
The 29-year-old plays for the Kobelco Steelers in Japan but will again return to play for the Cape franchise next year. He missed most this year's competition after sustaining a serious ankle injury in the Stormers' third match against the Chiefs.
Fleck told Die Burger's website
that Grant will return in February next year and hopefully play a full season with the Stormers.
"Peter is definitely coming back in February and will be ready for the first part of the Super Rugby competition. He is ready to play a full season for the Stormers," said Fleck.
"We're very excited about the depth we have at flyhalf for next year. Kurt Coleman has proved he can play at a higher level. Gary van Aswegen returns after injury. Demetri (Catrakilis) is there and then also Peter.
"We have four competent flyhalves. Each one of them have an equal chance and it depends on who takes his chance to start."
Meanwhile, a group of contracted Western Province players began with pre-season training at the High Performance Centre in Bellville earlier this week.
Cheslin Kolbe, currently on SA Sevens duty, and flank Schalk Burger, who will play for the Barbarians in London this weekend, will join the training squad at a later stage.
The Springbok quintet of Jean de Villiers, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Duane Vermeulen and Gio Aplon will join the squad in January 2014.
However, hooker Scarra Ntubeni, flank Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder - all of whom also toured Europe with the Boks this month - will join squad training next Monday.The 2014 WP Rugby contracted training squad:
Justin Ackerman, Justin Benn, Ruan Botha, Eital Bredenkamp, Nizaam Carr, Demetri Catrakilis, Pat Cilliers, Kurt Coleman, Stephan Coetzee, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Carel du Preez, Ryno Eksteen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Deon Fourie, Tazz Fuzani, Gerbrandt Grobler, Nic Groom, Brok Harris, Pat Howard, Josh Katzen, Oli Kebble, Freddie Kirsten, Rohan Kitshoff, Steven Kitshoff, Jean Kleyn, Siya Kolisi, Johnny Kotze, JP Lewis, Tiaan Liebenberg, Kyle Lombard, Godlen Masimla, Jean Nel, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Michael Rhodes, Louis Schreuder, Sti Sithole, Rayn Smid, De Kock , teenkamp, Entienne Swanepoel, Jaco Taute, Gary van Aswegen, Chevandre van Schoor, Michael van der Spuy, Jurie van Vuuren, Kobus van Wyk, Alistair Vermaak, Mike Willemse, Devon WilliamsWP Rugby Institute players invited to squad training
Rickus Bothma, Daniel du Plessis, Grant Hermanus, Justin Phillips, Jarryd Sage, JD Schickerling, Jacques Vermeulen, EW ViljoenOther players (to join up at the HPC at a later stage):
Gio Aplon, Schalk Burger, Manuel Carizza, Jean de Villiers, Eben Etzebeth, Cheslin Kolbe, Frans Malherbe, Duane Vermeulen,Stormers' 2014 pre-season fixtures:Saturday, February 1:
Bulls v Stormers, Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane) - 17:00Friday, February 7:
Southern Kings v Stormers, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth) - 19:00Saturday, February 15:
Boland v Stormers, Boland Stadium (Wellington) - kick-off TBC