Liefling keen to make Bulls comeback

Derick Hougaard will not return to his English club Saracens as he plans on sealing a contract with the Bulls.

Hougaard was already turned down by the Pretoria union in November last year by then Bulls director of rugby Heyneke Meyer as the player wanted to return home. His on-going Achilles injury, that stretches back to 2010, was the reason for the snub.

However, the 29-year-old told Rapport that he won’t return to his current club Saracens in England (who he joined in 2009), even though he’s signed until May – the end of the European season. He has received sponsorships from local businesses to settle in South Africa again, and has been carrying out the final stage of his Achilles rehabilitation at the Bulls with conditioning coach Basil Carzis.

‘I’m very excited about the new development, because now I can stay at home on a permanent basis. I hope to get the green light to play again and I am confident that my talks with the Bulls will be positive and my career at Loftus Versfeld can continue,’ said Hougaard.