Jimmy Cowan back playing after nasty injury

GOOD PROGRESS: Jimmy Cowan has returned from injury.
GOOD PROGRESS: Jimmy Cowan has returned from injury.

Former Southland All Black Jimmy Cowan has told an English newspaper he's more focused on making a strong comeback from knee surgery than contract negotiations.

Cowan, 31, is one of 24 players coming off contract with English premier side Gloucester, the Gloucester Echo reported.

"Contracts are the last thing on my mind at this point, coming back from injury," he said.

"I've been here nearly a year, but missed six months of that through injury and in that situation you just want to get back to playing as often as possible, as quickly as possible."

Cowan, who has scored tries in his last two outings following his return a month earlier than anticipated after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament last season, said if he was playing well then contract negotiations would take care of themselves.

"I've got to get out there and perform, and if I do that and continue to be an asset, then I believe that I can warrant another contract. First and foremost I just want to get out and play footie though."

Cowan joined Gloucester last October, shortly after playing his 100th game for Southland.

The 51-test All Black was also part of the 2011 World Cup victory and suggested he could have done with a rest before arriving in England.

"I felt fine when I arrived, but looking back now, I think that enforced break through the injury has been the best thing for me."

Gloucester open their league campaign against Sale Sharks at home this weekend.