Cape Town - Johan Goosen’s kicking coach has confirmed Western Province’s interest in the Springbok pivot and says the player is ‘considering’ all possible options.
Media reports earlier this month indicated that the Capetonians were interested in signing Goosen as a replacement for Demetri Catrakilis, who will join Montpellier in France after this year’s Currie Cup.
Bertus Pretorius, who is Goosen’s kicking coach in Bloemfontein, confirmed the interest in his player.
Goosen though still has two seasons left on his contract with Racing Metro in France and WP would have to fork out a lot of money to sign him.
“Any player will always consider possibilities (to move) and it’s not necessarily only WP. But Goose has a three-year contract with Racing (should WP fail in their quest to lure him) and he’ll honour it, like he did with the Cheetahs,” Pretorius told Netwerk24.
Goosen though appears not to be a happy camper France, with Racing coach Laurent Labit recently accusing the Springbok pivot of not attending French classes as well as not taking things serious enough at practice.
“His contract still runs for two years, but he knows he’ll have to change his attitude. If not, then there’s a good chance that he won’t be here for a third year of his contract,” Labit was quoted as saying on the Rugby Rama website.
“You expect a player of his age to be more serious about things. We allowed him to adapt in the first six months because he is still young, but you have certain expectations of a professional player. He’ll have to pull up his socks if he wants to play.”