Harry Potter signs with Western Force

Thu, Jun 1, 2023, 10:30 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Harry Potter returns to Super Rugby, signing with the Force. Photo: Getty Images

The Western Force have bolstered their backline with the signing of Harry Potter on a two-year deal.

Potter has made his name with Leicester in the English Premiership after a brief stint with the Rebels.

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The centre/winger rocketed into contention for the England national squad after a standout year with the Tigers, winning the Premiership title in 2022.

He was called into the squad by Eddie Jones for last year’s Australian tour, however, was not used, leaving him eligible to still play for Australia.

The 25-year-old was looking for a new challenge as he returns back to Australia alongside former teammate Tom Horton.

"The way we played rugby at Leicester was great and I learnt a lot, it suited me in many ways, but now I need a new challenge to what the Northern Hemisphere offers," Potter said in a statement

"I was in Super Rugby for such a short time, so it's always been my goal to return and make my Super Rugby debut. I am looking forward to the opportunity and new skill sets I can learn in Super Rugby and will embrace the differences rugby in Australia provides.

“Simon Cron is an inspiring head coach, and the club is undoubtedly heading in the right direction. There have been some exciting signings, and I feel there is a positive buzz around the Western Force. The club is moving into an era that I am excited to be a part of.

“I've spoken to Simon [Cron] about playing a bit more at #13, so I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into that possibility. I also want to play more attacking footy, and the Force will allow that and progress that avenue of my game.”

The Force have had significant success with Premiership-bred backs, with Sam Spink and Zach Kibirige standouts in the 2023 season, whilst former Tiger Jordan Olowofela was a revelation in 2021.

However, getting the Australian-eligible Potter back home delighted Force GM of Rugby Matt Hodgson as they build for the future.

"Having Potter return to Australia is a big positive for rugby and retaining Australian eligible players is important for the game across many areas. Potter is an impressive outside back that has proven his ability and consistency in big moments, making him a real asset to our squad," said Hodgson.

"Potter is hungry for the opportunity to make his Super Rugby debut and progress his game to the next level. His experience, passion and work ethic are the type of players Cron and the coaching staff are attracting to become a leading rugby club.

“It will be great to have him arrive in Perth in the coming weeks and get stuck into pre-season ahead of our spring series against the Cheetahs in September."