Rugby

Johan Goosen in dramatic French U-turn?

2017-03-13 12:00
Johan Goosen (Getty Images)

Cape Town - French rugby publication Midi Olympique has claimed that Springbok utility back Johan Goosen is set to make a dramatic return to Racing 92.

Goosen made headlines late last year when his French club announced he had retired.

The 24-year-old was reported to be taking up a commercial director's job in South Africa, a decision which left the French champions fuming.

Goosen had signed a contract extension with Racing last year, increasing his salary to €500 000 (R7 million) per year.

It has been widely speculated that Goosen made the move in an attempt to get out of his contract with Racing 92, where he was believed to have been unhappy.

There was even speculation that he could come out of retirement to play for the Cheetahs in Super Rugby before joining English club Gloucester.

But any team that wishes to sign Goosen would have to pay Racing €1m, while the club also indicated that they were planning legal proceedings against the player.

However, according to Midi Olympique, Goosen now has no choice but to return to Racing if he wants to continue his professional rugby career.

Respected European rugby writer, Gavin Mortimer, tweeted on Monday that it could only be "a matter of days" before Goosen is forced to return to Racing.

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