The Western Force has bolstered its mid-field stocks by signing exciting young English centre Sam Spink on a two-year contract.
Spink, known for his power through contact, footwork, and acceleration, has signed from Gallagher Premiership Rugby side the Wasps RFC.
The dynamic ball-carrying threat has 26 caps for the Wasps and has represented England at U18 and U20 levels, earning his first U20s cap against the Junior Springboks in April 2019.
Affiliated with the Wasps for nine years, Spink is ready for a new challenge and determined to take his game to a new level with the Force.
"I'm ready and excited to get involved in a completely different style and brand of rugby and learn from different coaches. This change will be a huge development for my personal growth."
"The opportunity to play in the Super Rugby competition and play against Australian and New Zealand teams along with the pacific national teams is definitely a season to be excited about."
"With Simon working under Steve Hansen in Japan, that influence is incredible to learn from, and I can't wait to meet him and the coaches and start improving my game."
"It's a challenge; Super Rugby is something I never thought I would get the opportunity to play in; it's a different style and brand of rugby, a lot quicker, it's more attacking and flowing rugby."
"The age profile of the group looks quite exciting, being 23 I think I'll fit in comfortably with the squad and the combinations already formed."
Demonstrating rare power and explosiveness for an outside back in the Gallagher Premiership, head coach Simon Cron mentions Spink is a player that will enforce himself in all areas of the game and is committed to evolving as a well-rounded professional player.
“Sam is a big body, he is extremely explosive and a good ball carrier,” Cron stated.
“For us he brings a level of experience at a young age that we think will be extremely beneficial for our squad.”
Sam arrives in Perth this week and will commence training with the team immediately.