Potter pens a two-year-deal with the Force

Thu, Jun 1, 2023, 10:50 AM
by Western Force Media

The Western Force is delighted to announce Harry Potter as the newest signing, committing to the Force through to 2025.

The 25-year-old had a rapid rise at the Leicester Tigers earning 67 caps, largely known as a quality finisher and prolific try-scorer.

Born in Wimbledon England and raised in Melbourne, the outside back has been on the fringes of Eddie Jones' England squad in recent years. Eligible for both England and Australia Potter, is on an upwards trajectory for an international rise. 

Potter had a brief stint with the Melbourne Rebels in 2020 before moving to England’s top division and the versatile back admits the thirst to play Super Rugby is alive.

"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 comments.

"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 to learn new skill sets 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."

Flying into Perth knowing a few familiar faces, Potter is excited to reconnect and embrace life in the West as his new base.

"Perth is certainly going to be a welcomed change, I am looking forward to coming back to Australia and living by the beach and being back in the sun,” Potter mentioned.

“I lived with Tom Horton over here in Leicester, I also know Henry Robertson from back in Sydney so it will be great to catch up with those guys again."

General Manager of Rugby Matt Hodgson said having aspiring, talented players is a real positive for the club and believes Potter has the potential to create a big future at the Force.

"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."