Mitchell joins the Force for three years




Exciting Wallaby winger Drew Mitchell has agreed to join the Emirates Western Force from 2007 in a three year deal.

The 22 year old was the Queensland Reds’ leading tryscorer last year before posting a five-pointer on his Wallaby debut against South Africa, and finishing the 2005 Test season with 10 caps and six tries.

He has played 34 Super Rugby games for the Reds and scored a total of 9 tries.

RugbyWA chief executive Peter O’Meara said the former Australian U21 captain was a fantastic signing for the Emirates Western Force and ‘ along with Matt Giteau ‘ would significantly boost the team’s backline strength.

‘He’s not only versatile – being able to play at fullback, either wing or at outside centre ‘ Drew is young and we’ll help him reach his full potential and he’ll be a key part of our long term future,’ he said.

‘We’re delighted he has made the move for football and lifestyle reasons, not financial ones.’

Mitchell said he had received three similar offers but had decided to move to Perth because of the rugby program, the lifestyle and the opportunity to link up with old mates.

‘I’m looking forward to catching up with Nathan (Sharpe), Junior (Pelesasa), Matt (Henjak), Shep (Cameron Shepherd) and Gits (Matt Giteau) at a team which has shown plenty of promise this year and will definitely have a good crack next year,’ he said.

Emirates Western Force head coach John Mitchell described Drew Mitchell as having spacial awareness that created opportunities for others.

‘He’s an outside threat, who is very quick and has a good left foot kicking game,’ he said.

‘He’ll be part of a fantastic combination in the back three ‘ whichever role he plays ‘ along with the likes of Cameron Shepherd.’

Mitchell said recruitment of the Wallaby winger was just another example of the club’s determination to establish the right player mix.

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