Force re-sign Fines-Leleiwasa

Wed, May 17, 2023, 12:12 AM
by Western Force Media

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa is making a name for himself in the West, re-signing for a further two years, bringing in a total of six seasons with the club.

The skilful scrumhalf re-signs with the Force on a two-year deal and is relishing under head coach Simon Cron attesting his tenacity to embrace a winning mindset and mentality.

"Crono [Simon Cron] is a world-class coach, and for my development, he wants me to go out there and be great. That's why I wanted to stay. He has already given me lots to work on and has made me realise that if you want to be great, you have to do the little things to perfection, Fines-Leleiwasa commented."

"From the get-go, if someone believes in you, you want to repay them."

The 2019 Nathan Sharpe Medallist trusts the squad's ability and drive to pursue a finals birth and wants every part of it.

"You can definitely see we are taking a step forward. As a player, you can see we want more than to be in the top eight. We want to make a successful club, and I want to be a part of it."

"I was here a couple of years ago, left and returned. Things are changing here, and I am excited to be sticking around for a couple of years."

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Cron notes Fines-Leleiwasa's strength and durability as assets in the squad's make-up.

"Finsey adds massively to our environment, he is a brilliant team man and has a real want to keep driving himself to be the best," Cron commented.

"We are really looking forward to continuing to work with Finsey on s the areas of his game that he wants to get better at."

"We want him to become an international player, he is tough, strong and, overall, a great human who we know has the talent."

The 27-year-old continues his partnership with Flyhalf Reesjan Pasitoa and Centre Bayley Kuenzle, tightening the trio on and off the field.

"We talk about good clubs having cohesion; the three of us have been together for the last couple of years which always helps. We are good mates off the field, which helps with our rugby on the field, said Fines-Leleiwasa."

"It's great that they are sticking around and hopefully, we can start playing some good footy together and help take this club to the next level."

The Bayswater figure acknowledges the 2027 World Cup in our backyard is in the back of his mind.

"There is a lot of chat around Australian Rugby, and it's an exciting time to be here playing. Part of my goal is to stick around and see what happens. I'd love to represent my country one day, and to do it as a Western Force player would be unreal."

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