Ian Prior joins Western Force
April 25, 2013
Ian Prior is ready for the next stage in his development © Getty Images
Brumbies scrum-half Ian Prior has signed a two-year contract to join former Queensland Reds team-mate Luke Morahan at Western Force from 2014.
Prior, 22, made his Super Rugby debut for Queensland in their 2011 championship-winning season, and he started off the bench in the 18-13 final win over the Crusaders in Brisbane. The 2010 Australia Under-20 representative moved to Canberra to link with the Brumbies ahead of the 2011 season, and he has added a further 19 Super Rugby caps to his tally.
"I was really excited to sign with the Force and be a part of an up-and-coming team," Prior said of his decision to head west. "When I came to the Brumbies they were in a similar position and I've always enjoyed the challenge of contributing to an always-improving team.
"I spoke to Luke Morahan in depth [about joining the Force] and we had similar views on contributing to a young and up-and-coming team and helping contribute to a winning culture based on our experiences. Based on their performances this season, the Force is heading in the right direction. They're building the right culture under Michael Foley, and that really appealed to me. They're playing a positive brand of footy this season, which is great to see as a player joining the side next year."
Force coach Foley said Prior was "an excellent up-and-coming player who has already played over 20 games at a Super Rugby level".
"The experience he's had to date, provides a great foundation for further development and ensures we're building depth in the key No. 9 position," Foley said.
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