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Ryan Cross re-signs with Western Force

25/04/2008 02:42:30 PM Comments (0)

Western Force back Ryan Cross has become the latest of the Super 14 club's leading players to recommit, announcing a new deal which will keep him in WA for another three years.

In his second season in union after crossing codes from NRL outfit the Sydney Roosters last year, Cross has arguably been the Force's most consistent player this campaign.

And with a call-up from new Wallaby coach Robbie Deans looking highly likely following appearances for Australia A last year, the Force and the ARU had been keen to wrap up Cross until the World Cup in 2011.

"I'm definitely more comfortable in rugby now that I've had 12 months in the game and have really enjoyed playing the Force this season," Cross said.

"Having a full pre-season certainly helped, but I've tried to increase my involvements and get my hands on the ball more often and it seems to be paying off."

Versatile and hard running, Cross has made the Force outside centre position his own this year, although he can play inside, on a wing or even at full back.

That versatility will be one of the main attributes Deans' will consider, as well as an inevitable positive reference from Force coach and good friend John Mitchell.

"Every Super 14 player wants to play for the Wallabies and that is definitely a goal of mine," Cross said.

"I'd love to be part of it the World Cup in 2011 in New Zealand. It would be a great way to finish my career."

Cross joins Scott Staniforth, Cameron Shepherd, Nathan Sharpe, AJ Whalley and young lock Tom Hockings in making long term plans in Perth.

With Matt Giteau still remaining the Force's highest priority - having committed to the ARU but not the Force as yet - recruiters are also confident of persuading teenage powerhouse David Pocock to stay in Perth.

And they also have their eye on Reds prop Stephen Moore and Waratahs flanker Rocky Elsom.

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