Halstead hints at Sharks return

Former Bok centre Trevor Halstead has refused a new deal with European Cup champions Munster and will return to South Africa in a year’s time.

Halstead starred for the Irish province this season, scoring a try in the final against Biarritz two weeks ago. However, the Natalian plans to head home when his current contract ends.

“I am coming to the end of my career,” he told Independent rugby writer Peter Bills. “I am 29 and the way I feel now, I’ve probably played enough rugby. I’ll have another year with Munster and that will probably be enough.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve still got loads of rugby left in me. I reckon I could play for another six years. But maybe other things are calling me. And I don’t think I’ll regret it when I do finish.”

However, Halstead hinted at a possible return to the Sharks, who have enjoyed a resurgence under coach Dick Muir.

“I started wishing I could go back there and join them,” he said. “They are definitely on the up, they have a great coach and some great players. It just needed to be put together right and then get the confidence up. But they’ve had a terrific season and I’m sure they’ll go forward from here.”

However, the Bok centre said he was thrilled to taste success in a major final with Munster after the failures he suffered earlier in his career.

“I had a couple of losses in the Currie Cup back in 1999 and then 2001 and also with the Sharks in a Super 12 final. So this success buried those bad memories. I was heading to the stage where I began to wonder if I was going to win anything. As I come towards the end of my career, it’s nice to have won a big final.”