Sharks want Butch back

Butch James is negotiating a return to the Sharks that would delay his retirement to July 2013.

James appeared to have ended his career with the Lions this year, but could have one last campaign with the Sharks in Super Rugby.

‘I haven’t signed yet,’ James told the Sunday Times. ‘It’s about 90% sure. I’ve been speaking to them and I’m keen to go. I’ll basically be the back-up flyhalf.’

John Plumtree has already said that Pat Lambie will be his first-choice No 10 in Super Rugby, but the Sharks coach would welcome a player of James’s experience.

‘Playing at 10 in this last Currie Cup just made me enjoy it again,’ said James. ‘I don’t want to in six months think I should have carried on playing. I won’t be able to come back then.’