Cape Town - Springbok utility back Frans Steyn
is likely to return to play for the Sharks and could already feature in this season's Super Rugby competition.
newspaper reports that Steyn's negotiations with the Sharks could be settled within the next couple of weeks.
This comes after reports on Sunday that Steyn is seriously considering a return to South Africa, even if it means he'll earn less money.
Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl expects Steyn to return to the union after England tour South Africa in June.
"We want to sign a contract of at least three years with him," said Van Zyl.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer
has hinted at playing Steyn at inside centre for the Boks this year. He could also feature in this position for the Sharks.
Another determining factor, according to Van Zyl, is whether or not Steyn gets a contract from SA Rugby. But that shouldn't be an issue with the Bok coach reportedly eager to utilise Steyn.
Steyn and his girlfriend will tie the knot on June 23, the day the Boks play England in the third Test. She hails from Durban and the fact that he owns property in the city makes it logical for him to settle in the coastal city.
He has already told the Bok coach he won't be available for that final Test against the English.
Steyn currently plays for French Top 14 outfit, Racing Metro.