The Western Force has worked hard on bringing youth to its backline but experienced flyhalf Peter Grant hopes to add some valuable experience to the side.
Grant first considered a move to the Force some six years ago, when the franchise was searching for a replacement for Matt Giteau, but still in the frame for South Africa selection he opted to stay at home.
The 31-year-old had his first pre-season training session with the team in Perth on Monday and said he had learned a lot since then.
Among eight years and 104 Super Rugby caps at the Stormers, Grant has also had stints in Japan’s Top League, before one season with La Rochelle, whom he left for family reasons.
Then the Force came calling once more and this time the choice was a simple one.
“I wanted to (come) back then, it was a close call as well but... Springbok (selection) was still in the picture,” he said.
“I’ve travelled a lot and matured a lot since then so I look forward to things going forward.”
Grant will bring his worldly experiences to the Force, to team up with a back line that has added players like former Queensland Red Ben Tapuai and Jono Lance ahead of the 2016 season.
The veteran said he had spoken to Force coach Michael Foley from France and felt he could fit in with the side’s attacking game plan.
“I’ve got to fit in with that program and that style of play, which I’m excited about because I love attacking, flowing kind of rugby,” he said.
“I’m not the quickest man on the park but I’ll hopefully move the ball around quick enough to the speedy guys.”
Grant said he hoped to bring a cool head to the young team.
“That was part of the plan,” he said.
“Foles wanted me to come in and provide a little bit more experience.
“(We’ve) got a lot of exciting young players in the back line especially.
“Hopefully I can provide a little bit of experience and rub off a bit on the younger boys.”