Force confirm Ready signing

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by Beth Newman in Japan

Former Reds hooker Andrew Ready has found a new rugby home at the Western Force.

Ready, who left the Reds at the end of the 2018 season, was announced as the latest addition to the WA outfit on Tuesday afternoon.

His addition is not a major surprise, reported by RUGBY.com.au back in July, with Ready looking to stay in Australia after a stint in New Zealand's ITM Cup.

The 25-year-old played four seasons with the Reds, on the fringe of Test selection in 2016, but was overtaken in the pecking order this year by eventual Wallabies debutant Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Alex Mafi.

“I’m really looking forward to a change of environment, I’m really excited to move out of Brisbane and to Perth and continue my rugby career,” Ready said

“I imagine there will be a few challenges along the way but I am looking forward to a new challenge and hopefully get some wins too.”

Ready joins a list of new and returning names recently announced by the Force for the 2019 Global Rapid Rugby competition, including young playmaker Nic Jooste.

Force coach Tim Sampson said Ready's potential was what had made him an attractive target for the team.

“Andrew is a player who I believe has his best rugby ahead of him which is why we are excited about him linking with the club,” Sampson said.

“He had a very good 2016 and at 25 years of age has already been called into the Wallabies squad,” Sampson said.

He has the desire to one day pull on the Wallabies jersey again and hopefully, our club can assist him in doing that.”

“It will be an interesting battle for the number two jersey next year as we have absolute quality in that position.”