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Force secure Smith signing

The Western Force have bolstered their squad ahead of the Super 15 season with the addition of former Hurricanes winger David Smith as their marquee player for 2011.

The 24-year-old scored seven tries in just four starts last term and was selected in the Barbarians side that played Ireland and England in the United Kingdom.

"It will be a big change for me but when I told my family that I was going to Perth they were very supportive, especially when I told them how excited I was to get a fresh start and join a new team in a new environment," Smith said from New Zealand.

"I've played in Perth three times before but never lived there. I've had heaps of people telling me that Perth is a really good city and the Force will do well this year. I think they have some good players and coaches at the club."

Smith will arrive in Perth in late November after recently finishing his commitments with Taranaki in New Zealand's ITM Cup, where he played alongside new Force playmaker and former Hurricanes team-mate Willie Ripia.

"It's nice to come over and have at least a few boys that I already know," Smith said of the chance to link up again with Ripia and also prop Tim Fairbrother, who played in Wellington before heading west.

"I'm also looking forward to playing alongside some the boys I've only ever had the chance to play against. Guys like James O'Connor, I played against him and I've also watched him play in other games and just think he is such a good athletic young kid coming through."


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