Racing 92 have announced the shock retirement of Springboks playmaker Johan Goosen at the age of 24.
According to a statement from the Racing 92 owner Jacky Lorenzetti, 13-cap Goosen has called time on his playing career to take up a commercial director role in South Africa.
The news comes as a surprise given Goosen was crowned Top 14 player of the year and played an instrumental role in Racing’s charge to the 2016 French title.
In a lengthy statement from Lorenzetti — titled ‘Johan Goosen announces retirement – are we to believe it? ‘ — the Racing owner addresses the Goosen issue, labelling it an “incredible decision”.
“Goosen, whose contract was overwhelmingly re-structured a year ago, now claims to be free in an incredible way,” Lorenzetti said. “He has announced today that he has taken the incredible decision to end his playing career, to return to South Africa for a strong role as a commercial director.”
“We regret that such a talented player has gone astray and decided to abandon professional rugby as it seems obvious that the role of commercial director is incompatible with high level sport.
“We wish to add that Racing 92 has always strongly supported Johan Goosen both morally and financially.”
Lorenzetti adds the club reserves the right to pursue legal action against Goosen and his advisors while emphasising that a contract “like that of a given word is the basis of all human and professional relationships”.
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