The Western Force have secured the services of former Chiefs lock Toby Lynn as a local player due to the Kiwi forward's grandfather being born in Kondinin, which is 300km outside Perth.
Lynn has signed a two-year contract with the Force who will be glad to have avoided using him as an international marquee player.
The 26-year-old, who already has 32 Super Rugby caps to his name is determined to make the most of the opportunity to move his career forward in Perth.
"I'm a year behind where I could have been but I'm pretty stoked about the move now. My Super rugby had stalled a bit back home but I thought I was still playing pretty good footy. I was still enjoying playing," he told the West Australian.
"My grandad was born in the Wheatbelt so I was not classed as an overseas player which was handy," he added.
Lynn first played for the Chiefs in 2007, and although he subsequently lost his spot in the squad he did regain it last year. He was impressed with the ambitions of the Force coaching staff and has no regrets about the move.
"(Force coach) Richard Graham and (Force forwards coach) Nick Stiles put forward a pretty good case about where they wanted to go and now I'm here I can see that," he explained.
However, it will not be a case of just walking into the starting line-up, and Lynn is well aware that he will have to work hard to earn a spot ahead of the established second row pair of skipper Nathan Sharpe and the dynamic Sam Wykes, not to mention the challenge of some of the young players in the squad.
He said: Sharpie has always been around. He's one of the best locks in the world. I saw some of the Force games and looking from the outside Sam was one of the star players last year. Phoenix (Battye) is a young guy coming through so there's plenty of pressure for a spot.
"Pressure is good for the squad, it's good for the team environment, but all I'm looking forward to at the moment is a good pre-season, staying injury free and putting pressure on in trial games for a spot," he added.
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