Glamorgan optimistic on re-signing Petersen as Kolpak

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen celebrates his century against Sri Lanka

Glamorgan have not given up hope of re-signing South African Alviro Petersen for 2012, despite his successful return to Test cricket.

Petersen, 30, led Glamorgan in 2011 and speculation suggested he could re-sign as a Kolpak player.

But that hope seemed dashed when Petersen marked his return to the South Africa side with 109 against Sri Lanka.

He remains on a national contract until March, but BBC Wales understands there is still a possibility he may return.

The county already have Australian batsman Marcus North signed on a two-year contract as their overseas player.

And they could add another overseas player for the T20 competition although that is likely to be decided closer to the season.

Managing director of cricket Colin Metson would only confirm the county hopes to sign a batsman by the end of this month.

Petersen scored more than 2,000 runs in all forms of cricket during 2011, including more than 1,000 runs in County Championship Division Two.

He was named the players' player of the year and the Championship player of the year at the county's end of season awards.

If Petersen does return to Glamorgan, he would come back as a senior professional after Mark Wallace was appointed captain for the 2012 season.

Most of the Glamorgan squad, apart from those playing overseas, have returned to pre-season fitness training while Australian coach Matthew Mott returns to Wales to start work next week.