Force pick up Morahan

Date published: April 10 2013

Reds and Wallabies back Luke Morahan will join the Western Force from next season after signing for two years at the Perth franchise.

Reds and Wallabies outside back Luke Morahan will join the Western Force next season after signing for two years at the Perth-based franchise.

Morahan joins a 2014 line-up that includes Matt Hodgson, Hugh McMeniman, Alby Mathewson, Chris Alcock, Kyle Godwin and Nathan Charles.

The 23-year-old made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in 2009 against the Lions and has picked up 41 caps during five seasons with them.

In 2012 – having previously been a part of Wallaby touring squads in 2009 and 2010 – he made his Test debut for the Wallabies, starting at full-back in the side's 9-6 loss to Scotland in Newcastle.

The pacey full-back or winger was a member of the 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal-winning Australian Sevens side, having also been a member of the national squad in 2008/09 – scoring a squad high 27 tries for the season and fourth highest overall – and 2009/10.

The former Australia A Schoolboy representative, who played all 17 matches for the Reds in their Australian Conference-winning season in 2012, says he's excited about joining the Force for the next stage of the side's relaunch.

“There's been some really good signs for the team this season and for the direction of the side in the future, and I'm looking forward to being a part of that,” he said.

“I really like the style of rugby they've played and that they want to play. [Michael] Foley's got them on the right track and I think it'll be a style of game that will suit me and I'm really looking forward to giving it a crack over there.

“I've spoken to a few guys about the Force in the past, ex-players like Nathan Sharpe and current players like Matt Hodgson, Richard Brown and Nick Cummins, and they've always spoken very highly of it, they say it's a great place and that they love it, and so it wasn't that hard a decision really.”

Head coach Michael Foley says Morahan is a dynamic addition to the backline in 2014.

“Luke's a quality attacking player who's been a strong performer for both the Australian Sevens and Reds,” he said.

“We're very pleased to have him on board from next season and he'll add further depth to our back three.”