Promising Wests Tigers player opts to return to Union with Western Force

Chance Peni

Wests Tigers fans will know just how good he was performing for the club but not all players stay, with Chance Peni opting for a return to rugby union.

The 22-year old Kiwi began his playing career in Union in Western Australia with the then Wests Subiaco side alongside other current Western Force players.

The chance to return is one that Peni looks forward to, as is playing alongside those that he already knows from his previous union tenure.

“It will be good to play again with some of the boys that I used to play with,” said Peni.

“We used to do pretty well together and we mixed really well so it’s exciting to be back playing with some of the boys that I pretty much grew up with.”

Peni just wants to get involved in the game once more and will play where the coach needs him to, as he looks forward to the off-season ahead.

“I’ll play anywhere to get my head back into that union mindset, I’m pretty comfortable on the wing or in the centres so I’ll play wherever Dave (Wessels) wants me to play,” said Peni.

“For now I’m just really looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season, it’s always good to get started again after a long offseason, I can’t wait.”

Western Force head coach Dave Wessels says the club is pleased to have added such a promising young player.

“It’s funny how things work out, Chance was actually a Development Officer here at the Force a few years ago so he is a rugby man through-and-through,” said Wessels.

“He is excited to be coming back home and we are excited to have him.”

“He is very athletic, he’s a very big outside back and from everything I’ve heard he is an incredibly hard worker so we are very pleased to bring him home.”

Peni will join another former rugby league player in Curtis Rona, who has also joined the Force.

“It’s a good win for rugby union to lure players back from league,” said Wessels.

“In both Chance and Curtis Rona we have two very good rugby league players who have strong union backgrounds and they are going to make a big impact next season.”

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