Former Springbok Johan Goosen looks set to turn down a move to the Bulls and rather join the Cheetahs when he returns to South Africa in mid-year.
COUPLE OF FACTORS FAVOUR THE CHEETAHS OVER BULLS
The 28-year-old flyhalf-cum-fullback is currently playing for French Top 14 side Montpellier.
According to Sunday’s Rapport newspaper, Goosen’s love for the Free State, the shorter distance between Bloemfontein and his farm in Aliwal North, and the fact that Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar are playing for the Cheetahs, could see him opt for the Cheetahs over the Bulls.
Jake White’s Bulls, however, remain confident of securing his signature.
In the Bulls’ favour is that the Pretoria-based franchise will be competing in this year’s expanded PRO16 tournament while the Cheetahs’ future remains uncertain.
Johan Goosen, who attended Grey College in Bloemfontein, represented the Cheetahs from 2011-2014, before joining French club Racing 92.
GOOSEN HAS 13 SPRINGBOK CAPS
After ‘retiring’ from rugby in 2016 in order to get out of his contract with Racing 92, he returned to South Africa briefly where he played three matches for the Cheetahs in 2018 before joining Montpellier.
Goosen earned 13 Test caps for the Springboks between 2012-2016.