Force sign former Australian Schoolboy Daniel Ala from rugby league

Fri, 17/09/2021, 04:01 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The Western Force have signed exciting winger Daniel Ala, bringing the 19-year-old back to union after a stint with NRL club Manly.

Ala was named in the Australian Schools side in 2018 before making the move to league, featuring in SG Ball and trial matches for the Sea Eagles.

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The 19-year-old was invited to train with the NRL squad at the end of 2020, however, has opted to make the switch back to union as he heads West.

“Watching the Western Force over the last two years and seeing how far they’ve come has been great,” Ala said in a statement.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about the club and I knew it was time to make the move. My main priority now is to come in and have a strong pre-season.”

Ala continues the club's push towards building a young core, joining former Australian U18s and Schools teammates Jackson Pugh and new recruit Reesjan Pasitoa.

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He will link up in WA ahead of the 2022 season, something which had Force coach Tim Sampson excited as they look to build off last year's maiden finals appearance.

“Daniel’s a dynamic and powerful winger who enjoyed a strong junior career in union before being picked up by Manly, where he played some pre-season trial games this year," Sampson explained.

"He’s an exciting player and we’re looking forward to his transition back to union.

“He’s a great ball runner who has that x-factor about him, which is crucial for his position.”

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