Force coaching staff pen new deals

Date published: February 9 2015

Western Force boss Michael Foley and his assistant coaches David Wessels and Kevin Foote have all signed new deals with the Perth-based franchise.

The trio have all recommitted their stay with the Force for a further two years – through to the end of the 2017 season.

The incumbent Western Force brains trust came together ahead of the 2014 season, and helped guide the team to a record-breaking season for the club that included the most wins in a season (9); most consecutive wins (5); most home wins (6); and most consecutive home wins (5).

Foley, a former Rugby World Cup-winning rake, who joined the Western Force on a three-year term ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby season, said he’s passionate about continuing to work alongside the Western Force team, staff and supporters.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the team and the wider Western Force family for the past two seasons, and the opportunity to be part of the journey into the future is exciting,” he told the Western Force’s official website.

“Working with a group of players who fight and play for one another, a staff who are committed to the players, and a band of supporters who are there for us through thick and thin is special.

“This year provides a new challenge for us. Last year, under the leadership of Matt [Hodgson] and the Standards Group, the team showed an ability to back up week-to-week and the ability to dust itself off and rip in after setbacks. This year the challenge is to display that consistency over consecutive seasons.”

Foley said he’s excited about continuing his coaching partnership with Wessels and Foote.

“An integral part of the decision to stay on was that ‘Blood’ [Wessels] and ‘Footey’ [Foote] would be part of our push for greater success into the future” he added.

“Their coaching perspectives and energy for the team have been second to none.”

Foley’s time at the Western Force has seen the most locally-produced players represent the club, while the extension is set to see him equal John Mitchell (2006-2010) as the longest-serving head coach in the club’s history.

RugbyWA CEO Mark Sinderberry said the re-signing of Foley, Wessels (senior assistant coach) and Foote (backs/attack coach) will allow the team to continue to build on the foundations already laid over the past two seasons.

“Leading into the 2015 season, we’ve built continuity within our playing ranks; to then retain Michael, Dave and Kevin for an additional two seasons provides the club with additional stability on which to chase further success,” he said.

“Under Michael’s direction and the leadership of Matt Hodgson, the team has made significant progress over the past two years.

“Michael took control of the side following a difficult 2012 season for the club, and has overseen the development of a very strong team culture and, along with Dave and Kevin, have instilled a strong belief within the squad.

“As we enter the 10th season for the club, it’s important that we have the right people – including Michael, Dave and Kevin – to help us launch the next chapter for the club.”