Force sign Haylett-Petty

Date published: June 6 2013

Western Force have announced that another Perth local, Dane Haylett-Petty, has signed a deal with the Super Rugby outfit for 2014.

Western Force have announced that another Perth local, outside back Dane Haylett-Petty, has signed with the Perth outfit for the 2014 season.

The Durban-born, WA-raised player's signature follows the return of Perth-born fly-half/full-back Zack Holmes for the next Super Rugby season.

Force head coach Michael Foley says bringing local talent like Holmes and Haylett-Petty back to Perth had been a focus for the organisation.

“We are determined to bring home quality Western Australian talent to represent the Force and we're very pleased to have secured both Zack and Dane,” he said.

“Dane's had a number of good seasons with Biarritz and demonstrated last night against the British and Irish Lions, he has a desire to work off his wing and will have a lot to offer us next season.”

The 23-year-old played three seasons for the Western Force between 2008 and 2010, making his Super Rugby debut against the Chiefs five seasons ago.

Haylett-Petty was a member of the Australian Sevens side during the 2008/2009 IRB Sevens World Series and featured prominently for the Australian U20 side in their IRB Junior World Championship in 2008 and 2009, including starting at full-back in their 2009 semi-final loss to South Africa.

The Hale School graduate returned to Force colours last night, when he started on the right wing in the Western Australian's clash against the British and Irish Lions at Patersons Stadium.

Haylett-Petty says he's keen about returning to the Western Force on a more permanent basis.

“I'm really excited to be coming back to the Force,” he said.

“It was always the plan to come back to Australia and play Super Rugby, and my preference was to come back to the Force because it's home to me.

“Having been a part of the squad for the last week in the lead into the Lions match, you can see there's a great feeling there. The whole feel and atmosphere of the team has changed a great deal and I'm really excited about coming back.

“It was a great experience going overseas and I feel like I learnt a lot. You play 36 games a season against some of the best players and teams in Europe week in, week out which gave me some valuable experience, but I'm ready to come back and give Super Rugby a crack.”

Haylett-Petty will join the Western Force squad on a full-time basis for the start of the 2014 Super Rugby pre-season.