Frans Steyn is considering returning to play in South Africa.
This according to his agent Gerrie Swart, who told Rapport that Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has already made contact with him. Steyn’s contract with French club Racing Metro expires at the end of the season (May) and Swart says he has a big decision to make to either extend the deal or return to South Africa.
‘His primary consideration isn’t money. He has goals going forward in his career. An important one is to win titles with his team-mates and coaches. That includes the 2015 World Cup and a Super Rugby title. But the main priority at this stage is to win the Top 14 with Racing,’ Swart said.
Meyer is known to have a high regard for Steyn. He told this website last year that he feels he is best suited to inside centre. Meyer intimated at his first press conference as coach that he would pick foreign-based players if allowed to but stressed that first prize would be selecting from a pool of players in South Africa.
‘Frans wants to play for the Springboks and Heyneke has already contacted him and briefed him on what would be expected of him in the future for that to happen. He is prepared to sacrifice money [from a lucrative deal with a European club] to make that a reality.’
Steyn is reportedly keen to rejoin the Sharks if he opts to return to South Africa.