According to the Sharks official website, Steyn has put pen to paper and will re-assume his playing career with the coastal franchise from July 1st.
The Sharks were unable to confirm the facts until such time as all logistics were finalised. Rudolf Straeuli, Rugby Commercial Manager for The Sharks stated, “I am pleased that we are able to assist SARFU in bringing back international star players such as Steyn and have him back playing rugby at Mr Price KINGS PARK. I am certain all our supporters will be delighted to see him wearing the black and white jersey once again.”
Steyn will join The Sharks officially from 1 July, 2012. The Sharks CEO, Brian van Zyl added, “The present focus is on depth and ability to actively compete in every position in the squad so we are delighted to have Francois back with us to provide that strength in our backline, not to mention his accurate boot.”
In terms of the team dynamic, Sharks coach John Plumtree, agrees he has much to contribute, saying: “It is great to have him back with us as we did miss him. He was definitely an influential player when he left and he will again be that, so it is fantastic to have him with The Sharks.”
Unfortunately given the SANZAR rules on player eligibility for the play-off’s, Frans will not be able to take part in the 6-team play-off stages of Super Rugby should the Sharks progress to that stage. It is however more than likely that Frans will feature for the Springboks in the incoming Castle test series against England at some stage.