Goosen puts 'dark time' behind him

Cape Town - Former Springbok Johan Goosen says he feels like a new person as he looks to resurrect his rugby career. 

Goosen is still just 25, but already his career has been blighted by controversy. 

A Springbok with 13 Tests to his name, Goosen stunned the rugby community towards the end of 2016 when he retired from the game and was thus released from his contract with Racing 92 as a result. 

The French club was furious at the time, and Goosen was in the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons. 

There have been numerous reports since then surrounding a possible return to the game for Goosen - and that time finally appears to have come. 

Goosen is currently training with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, but his future lies back in France where he has agreed to join Montpellier. 

"I feel like a new person, it was a very dark time in my life and I'm just glad everything has been concluded so that I can start playing rugby again," Goosen said in an interview with OFM Sport

"Franco Smith and the Cheetahs are giving me the opportunity to train with them and I must say that I can also learn a lot from them.

"If I can teach these players something in return, it would be nice, but I’m not at that level yet. I would like to get back to the level that I know I can reach, so there is still a lot of hard work that lies ahead."