Johan Goosen training with Cheetahs ahead of possible Montpellier move

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Former Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen will be training with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein "to get his game back on track" ahead of a possible move to French side Montpellier.

Goosen, who played 13 Tests for the Springboks, shocked the rugby fraternity when he 'retired' from the game at the end of 2016 while still being contracted to Racing 92. The former Cheetahs flyhalf signed a new four-year, €500 000 deal with the French club shortly before announcing plans to take up a job as a commercial director in South Africa.

At the time Racing threatened to take legal action against the then 24-year-old Goosen if he he joins another team.

However, earlier this year it was reported that Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad could pay Racing 92 around €1.4million to pave the way for Goosen's return to rugby after he kept busy with his farming interests in the Free State. In June last year, French sports daily L'Équipe also took pictures of Goosen practising his goal-kicking in Bloemfontein.

The Cheetahs hinted on Twitter that the versatile Goosen, who played flyhalf, centre and fullback for Racing, may run out for them if he shows good form over the next few weeks, but they basically also confirmed that he will be joining the Montpellier for the 201.

"It is a big compliment for FS Rugby that the ex Cheetah & Springbok flyhalf, Johan Goosen has chosen to train with the Toyota Cheetahs to get his game back on track before joining Montpellier," the Cheetahs tweeted on Monday.

"He will be training with the team until end of June and can be selected if on form.