Michalak hints at Sharks exit
1 Nov 2011
Sharks flyhalf Frederic Michalak has revealed that he wants to resurrect his Test career with a return to France.
According to French daily newspaper L’Equipe, the 29-year-old wants to move back to his homeland to compete for a place in the French national squad. With new France coach Philippe Saint-Andre succeeding Marc Lievremont, there is an opportunity for Michalak to add to his 54 Test caps. He last played for France during the 2010 Six Nations.
‘I know they [the Sharks] would like to extend my contract but I want to come back to Europe next summer because I want to play with Les Bleus again and that is easier when you play in Europe,’ said Michalak.
Michalak joined the Sharks from Toulouse during the latter stages of Super Rugby rugby. He played through the entire Currie Cup campaign and finished as the tournaments’ top scorer with 192 points.
Meanwhile, centre Stefan Terblanche has signed a short-term deal with Ulster after a 12-year association with the Sharks. It will be the 36-year-old’s second European spell as he spent a four-year stint at Welsh club Ospreys from 2003-2007. The Sharks have added to their midfield depth with the signing of WP centre Tim Whitehead.