Bulls hunt Goosen

johan goosenThe Bulls are reportedly eager to attain the services of Springbok and Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen.

The 21-year-old’s contract with the Cheetahs expires on October 31 this year and it appears the Cheetahs will have their hands full to convince him to stay in Bloemfontein.

Outside unions are only allowed to officially negotiate with players four months (July 1) prior to the ending of their contract, but according the Volksblad website, the Bulls have already shown interest.

“We’re investigating all options for Johan. The Bulls have always expressed interest in Johan, but they’ll have to wait until the transfer period for local teams,” said Goosen’s agent, Anthony Johnson.

“The Cheetahs have indicated they want to keep Goosen. We’re busy making decisions but for now it’s important that Johan gets game time. We’ll monitor his progress over the next two months and then make a decision.”

Big-spending French club, Toulon, are reportedly also after Goosen’s services, as well as a few clubs in Japan.

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    March 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    So where does this now leaves Pollard? :shake:

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    Cheetah Glory

    March 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I think its a good move for Goosen. He is more a Bulls type 10. Cheetahs need Kennedy Tsimba types….

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    March 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: Goosen was a year ago a Tsimba type of 10, what happened?

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    Cheetah Glory

    March 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm


    Was he? I dont think he is that manic a playmaker to be honest. He is a commanding 10 who can dominate with the boot.

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    March 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    @Cheetah Glory: I thought before his injury he would develope in a all rounded attacking fly half. But you have a point with Bulls style for him he should look much better as a Bull fly half have more time because of their style of play.

    I am more worried about the two youngsters at the bulls that will be left to play vodacom cup as Jacques Louise is working perfectly for them at this stage and with Johan their if he goes they will not find a place.

    Look at Van Zyl, a bok and first choice at cheetahs and now he does not even get enough game time at the Bulls, he is kicking himselve now I think.

  6. DavidS


    March 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Van Zyl???

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    March 14, 2014 at 1:16 am

    @DavidS: Piet

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    March 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    It will be a wise move for Goosen.

    If he wants a career playing rugby, he must learn to stand deeper and kick or pass, rather than tuck and run. Less contact, less injuries.

    Learn to use his brain a bit more, like they do at the Bulls.

    Where it leaves Pollard or anyone else is pretty much at the same place where Morne Steyn and Derrick Hougaard was in ’06 and ’07.
    It worked out okay for them.

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    March 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    @Timeo: Not the same commitment from players anymore, youngster will not stick around like the older players.

    See how Pollard and Fouche playing for another union quicker than you think.

    You dream if you think players will stick with the Bulls the way the classes of 2008 2010 did. Money talks and bullshit walks….

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    March 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    And that is not the Bulls se “shit” that they try and convince the public with these days….

  11. DavidS


    March 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny): Come on bud… referring to Van Zyl as a Springbok is a bit rich given he was like a fourth choice who got a go because nobody else was available at the time is rich… even at the Cheetahs if Sarel didn’t go to the Tahs Van Zyl would never have gotten playing time.

    And the Bulls have a way of retaining players of quality with their culture…

    Even back in 2004/5/6/7 Sharks, Stormers and French and English made huge offers for Bakkies, Danie Rossouw and Vic Matfield and Fourie Du Preez… didn’t work… they have a way of putting together community there. I wouldn’t expect Capetonians to understand unless they actually went to Loftus on say a Tuesday morning… and watched the players all sit at the coffee shop having a cold drink and a chat with members of the public and going to practice together you’ll get it.

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    March 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Lat’s face it… Pollard is a dud… having two duds is probably better than one with Goosen…

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    March 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

    If Bulls play Goosen/ Pollard as their 10/12… watch the revolving doors open…


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