Morahan extends Force stay
Cape Town - Luke
Morahan and the Western Force have opted to exercise the optional year
in his contract, extending his career with the Western Australian
franchise until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The 26-year-old winger has been in fine form in 2016 forming a strong
combination with back three partners Dane Haylett-Petty and Marcel
Brache and turned down offers from overseas clubs to stay with the
Blessed with spectacular finishing ability in tight spaces the 78-time
capped Super Rugby player leads the club in try scoring this season
including a brilliant set piece try that has been labelled ‘try of the
After recently being called into the Wallabies squad for the June Test
Series and earning his second Test cap against England Morahan says he
is excited to be staying on and feels the Force is the right place for
him to be playing his rugby.
“I’m really happy be to staying on for next year,” he told the Force's official website.
“Obviously when I signed on last year with the option to roll it on
into 2017 I was really happy to do that and I always wanted to stay here
and it was a pretty easy decision in the end and I’m excited for next
After a tough year for the club Morahan said maintaining a strong team culture will be key to more success in 2017.
“Next year there will be quite a different squad and quite a different
coaching set up but right now we are focused on the 160-minutes that we
have left in the season," he added.
"Once the season is done then I’m sure we will look at what worked and what didn’t this year.
“There is some work to do on and off the field and with a bit of player
and staff movement we need to really pull together and make sure our
culture is right from the start and we are looking to build towards the
same goal for next year and the years after.”
Western Force interim head coach Dave Wessels said the re-signing is great for the club.
“Luke has led the way and he has really matured both on and off the
field in the last couple of months and really understands what it means
to be a true professional,” he said.
“He is exactly the type of player we want at our club, he’s very
intelligent and also very competitive and sets a great example the guys
in our group we’re very pleased he’s staying on.”