Freddie is going nowhere just yet

2011-11-02 00:00

FRÉDÉRIC Michalak, the French international flyhalf, will be back with the Sharks next season.

Michalak returned to Paris immediately after the weekend Currie Cup final and the French sports daily L’Equipe yesterday carried a report that the 29-year-old wants to return to Europe in an attempt to make an international comeback.

But Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl told The Witness yesterday that Michalak is still under contract to the Sharks and would be returning later this year to prepare for the new Super Rugby season.

“Fredddie has a Sharks’ contract until August 2012,” Van Zyl said.

Michalak was generally in good form for the Sharks and was the season’s top scorer with 192 points. His performnace did dip midway through the season and coach John Plumtree dropped him briefly to the bench, but he ended the season in good form.

Michalak had left Toulouse in May and signed for the Sharks at the end of the Super Rugby season. He also played for the Sharks in 2008 when he helped them to the Currie Cup title.

Michalak reportedly told L’Equipe that the Sharks wanted to extend his contract, but he said he wanted to return to Europe to play with Les Bleus again.

“And that is easier when you play in Europe,” he told the newpaper.

Michalak won the last of his 54 Test caps against Wales in the 2010 Six Nations Championship, but with new France coach Philippe Saint-Andre taking over from Marc Lievremont, there is speculation that Michalak could add to his Test caps. But he will have to wait another year and until after he has seen out his contract with the Sharks.

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