Alviro Petersen, last season’s Glamorgan captain, could be returning to the Swalec Stadium as a Kolpak signing in 2012.
There had been indications during the summer that both the county and the player wanted to continue their allegiance, but that has come a step closer after Petersen was left out of South Africa’s Test squad for the two-match series against Australia next month.
Petersen, 30, has been overlooked in favour of Jacques Rudolph, who has been recalled first time in five years.
Petersen, who scored 2,000 runs last season, would return as a foot soldier as wicketkeeper Mark Wallace has taken over as captain. He would also have to come back as a Kolpak as Australian batsman Marcus North has been signed as the county’s overseas player for 2012 and 2013.
Rudolph has played 35 Tests but has not featured for his country since he joined Yorkshire, initially under the Kolpak ruling, in 2007.
The 30-year-old returned to Headingley this year for a brief spell as an overseas player, which was cut short when he returned to a national team training camp.
He has since scored 568 runs in six SuperSport Series innings and has earned the opportunity to return to the Proteas fold ahead of Petersen.