Haylett-Petty pens new Force deal
Perth - The Force have announced the re-signing of star fullback
Dane Haylett-Petty until the end of the 2019 season.
Haylett-Petty had a remarkable 2016 season, taking out the
Nathan Sharpe medal for the most valuable player, made his Wallabies debut and
played a further 13 caps and took out the Wallaby Rookie of the Year Award.
The 27-year-old says he is thrilled to stay in the West and
admits that the green and gold jersey helped make his decision.
“I’m very excited to be staying home and playing for the
Force, obviously the draw card of trying to get back into that Wallabies team
was a large part of my decision,” he told the Force's official website.
“I really enjoyed last year, the challenges week in and week
out, watching my game grow and the Force were a big part of that and I feel
like we’re really heading in the right direction and we have a great group of
young men with a bright future.”
Haylett-Petty says the work going on off the field in the
organisation was a big contributor to his decision.
“I think other parts of the club are heading in the right
direction too, with a great sponsor on board and the fans really showing their
support for the team with the ‘Own the Force’ initiative," he added.
“So, it’s really exciting times here in the West, and I’m
much happier playing at home with my friends and family in beautiful, sunny
Force head coach Dave Wessels says the signing of
Haylett-Petty is fantastic news for the team and commends his decision to stay
in Western Australia.
“This is fantastic news for Australian Rugby and the club
too,” he said.
“Importantly for us is that Dane is a local player and
everybody in Western Australia is proud of what he achieved this year.
“Although, I think more than that with the club’s future in
question for a player of his calibre to commit himself so publicly to us, just
shows Dane’s character and how much he cares for this club and wants to see it
Haylett-Petty is set to line up against the Waratahs in
Round One of the Super Rugby competition on Saturday, 25 February.