Former Waratahs flanker Chris Alcock believes that the Western Force could be the "dark horses" of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
The Force had a nightmare of a season in 2012 where they finished second last and even lost their coach half way through the season.
The Perth based Super Rugby franchise have a number of new faces for 2013 in the change rooms and there is also a new coach as last season's Waratahs coach Michael Foley has taken over at the Force.
Player movements have been significant as Wallabies captain David Pocock has left and the team have lost 13 other players including some big names like Nathan Sharpe,Rory Sidey, James Stannard and Cameron Shepherd.
Coach Foley has however signed some new blood such as Sias Ebersohn, Alby Mathewson, Hugh McMeniman, Ed Stubbs, Sam Norton-Knight and Alcock.
South African born 24-year-old Alcock is however confident that they can deliver some upsets in this season's Super Rugby campaign.
"As a team we are gelling well," Alcock told Sky Sports.
"Most of the players know each other from either playing as the same clubs or from playing against one another. But we have really developed over the course of pre-season.
"We've a really good chance. This team hasn't any out and out stars. What it has got is 35 guys who want to work hard and prove themselves and I think that is crucial.
"No one knows how we will play and no one knows our strengths so in some ways that makes us the dark horses. If we can get a good run going I think we will have a good shot at winning the Australian Conference."
Alcock spent three seasons with the Waratahs where he won 25 Super Rugby caps and is now relishing the chance to be part of a new team under his former mentor Foley.
"There are a couple of reasons why I made the move," said Alcock.
"Largely, though, it was the opportunity to be part of what is essentially a new team and playing a role in its development.
"I know the coach, too and I really enjoy working with him, while I know some of the guys here and they are good blokes.
"'Foles' was the one who selected me out of grade rugby so I have worked with him my whole professional career. He has worked on helping me develop as a player."