INFO RMC SPORT – Johan Goosen, at the end of his contract, must leave Montpellier to return home this summer. But the South African international center could eventually extend to MHR. He would indeed like to stay with the winner of the European Challenge.
Johan Goosen has found the light again. The South African international center (28 years old, 13 caps) greatly contributed to the victory of Montpellier in the final of the European Challenge last Friday at Twickenham against Leicester (18-17). Author of one of the two tries of his team, the native of Burgersdorp was even elected man of the match for what was to be one of his last outings with the MHR jersey, before returning to the country this summer and more precisely to the Bulls coached by Jake White.
Two days later, Goosen received praise from his trainer Philippe Saint-André at a press conference. “Goos, I had him in interview I told him, you know, you are a brilliant player come back as quickly as possible with a smile, said the former disconnector. And surprisingly since he arrived, he has every time he started he hasn’t lost a match. Afterwards, he made choices, I said to him: ‘your choices I respect them but I want you to end well with me, that you play for me and you give 120% ‘and there he gives 150%. Great players make you win competitions and Goos is one of them. “
Goosen wants to stay
In Montpellier, Goosen has finally played little since his incredible arrival in 2018. The former Racingman, regularly handicapped by physical problems, has not always given satisfaction. But in recent weeks, he has gained momentum and has visibly convinced the Montpellier staff. To the point of finally wanting to keep it? This is indeed a possibility studied by the Hérault club, according to information from RMC Sport.
Goosen, for his part, has expressed his desire to stay at MHR, which is looking for a versatile player in its back lines for next season. It will not be the opener or English center Alex Lozowski, who arrived last summer for a season from the Saracens, who will return to England this summer. As for his compatriot, winger Gabriel Ibitoye, his future in Montpellier is ultimately not assured. Goosen, he could finally extend the adventure, provided a solution is found with South Africa and the Bulls, heavily impacted by the crisis. For a possible turnaround that seemed totally unexpected a few weeks ago …