Engelbrecht considering Ospreys stay

Date published: February 19 2016

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Ospreys centre JJ Engelbrecht has revealed his intentions of a possible extended stay at the region.

The South African international signed a short-term deal until the end of the season with the PRO12 side last December after returning from a stint with Top League team Toyota Industries Shuttles.

Ospreys have started negotiations with the 26-year-old outside back, and Engelbrecht confirmed that an extended stay is likely.

"It's a pretty good possibility that I'll stay beyond this season," Engelbrecht told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I'm enjoying it here – especially the rugby.

"Before I arrived, I thought the rugby would be a lot more forward-dominated.

"But I have to say we move the ball around quite a bit more than I expected.

"I'm enjoying being part of something new and something special, I think I've fitted in well."

It would be a significant coup for the Ospreys if they managed to retain Engelbrecht.

Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy also praised the quality of the former Bulls midfielder's performance during their 21-17 win over Munster.

"He was good," said Tandy.

"Before the match, we didn't flog him by giving him too much detail, we just gave him the framework of what we do.

"But you can see if he gets one-on-one opportunities things can happen.

"He's gifted athletically with his speed and movement."

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