It doesn’t happen very often that French rugby clubs support each other but Johan Goosen has changed that to an extent.
The 24-year-old Springbok utility back’s dodgy “retirement” at the weekend to skip out of his lucrative contract with Racing Metro clearly hasn’t led to any goodwill from other teams.
Mourad Boudjellal, president of Toulon, has even gone as far as stating that any team that signs Goosen next are “bastards”.
“What he does is a breach of his contract. When a player has such an attitude, he must find closed doors everywhere,” Boudjellal told Rugby Rama.
“Whichever club president signs Goosen next is a bastard. If a president signs, it puts all the other presidents of the Top 14 in danger.
“When you sign a contract with a player, you already do not have many rights but many obligations. If a president recruits him, there will be even fewer rights.”
Goosen has apparently tried to exploit a loophole in his so-called CDI contract.
That theoretically means he had a “job for life” until he retires.
By allegedly accepting a role as commercial director in a unnamed South African company, Goosen is forced to “retire” from full-time rugby.
And that means he could get out of his R7.27 million per year contract a bit easier.
However, another report has linked Goosen to the English club Gloucester.
If he signs, he can’t play for any French club for at least 18 months.
There are also rumours that Goosen, who is “homesick”, wants to retire in order to lower his market value for a South African side to be able to afford him.