Cottrell re-signs with Western Force

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by Matt Lewis

Powerful Western Force backrower Angus Cottrell is sticking with the club, re-signing for two more seasons.

Cottrell has been a consistent performer for the Force in recent seasons after debuting against the Brumbies in  2012.

“I’m very excited to sign with the Force for another two years,” Cottrell said.

“As I’ve said in the past Perth is my home for rugby and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Cottrell played every game this season bar one, returning to glimpses of the form that propelled him into Wallabies contention before a 2014 broken leg hampered his progress.

While pleased with his form this season, Cottrell said he had one main focus in the coming years.

“For every player I think Wallabies is a goal but for the moment I’m just focused on getting back from injury and getting my body back in the right shape so I can put my best foot forward for the Force,” he said.

“As a team last season we didn’t finish where we wanted to so I’m looking forward to helping us pick up some more wins.”

Cottrell is one of a spate of recent signings for the club after Reds forwards Ben Daley and Ben Matwijow committed to the Force and Bill Meakes decided to return home from Gloucester.

“We have a good core group of players and we’ve had a few good signings that I think will really make an impact for us next season, there is definitely a sense of excitement about what the future holds,” Cottrell said.

Uncertainty remains around other key Force players with Nathan Charles and Matt Hodgson yet to sign for 2017, while Kyle Godwin and Chris Alcock have moved to the Brumbies.