Hougaard eyes Bulls return
Fly-half hoping to kick-start his career in Pretoria
Last Updated: March 26, 2012 8:15am
Derick Hougaard: Is hoping to secure a deal with the Bulls
Derick Hougaard has set his sights on playing for the Bulls and South Africa again after leaving Saracens.
The fly-half hasn't played since October 2010 after damaging his Achilles tendon in the Heineken Cup encounter against Leinster.
The 29-year-old has had three operations to repair the damage and has been working with Bulls fitness coach Basil Carzis in a bid to return to action.
And having parted company with Saracens after just 34 appearances since 2009 Hougaard, whose contract at Vicarage Road was due to expire in the summer, is hoping to return to action with the Bulls.
Hougaard told South African newspaper The Rapport: "I hope to get green light to play again and I am confident that my talks with the Bulls will be positive and my career at Loftus Versfeld can continue. "
Hougaard made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls in 2002 before leaving Pretoria in 2008 to join Leicester. He made the switch to Saracens the following season.
He had held initial talks with the Bulls back in November 2011 about a return - however any possible deal was put on hold due to the injury.
But as well as returning to the Bulls, Hougaard is also keen to add to his tally of eight caps with the Springboks.
"More Tests for the Springboks remain part of any player's dream," he added.