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Ebersohn signs two-year deal with Force
Ebersohn signs two-year deal with Force

New Western Force playmaker Sias Ebersohn will carry huge expectations next season with the struggling club needing him to guide it to overdue Super Rugby success.

Force have snared the Cheetahs fly-half on a two-year deal as one of their overseas developing players.

Now they are hoping he will be here for the long haul and doesn't join the long list of players who have worn the troublesome No.10 jumper - 17 in seven years - and ended up on the injury list or left the club.

Ebersohn, 23, has been on the Force radar since 2010 when they had talks in Bloemfontein during their South African tour but he was still hopeful of breaking into the Cheetahs starting Super side.

He managed that last year but this season Cheetahs coaching staff overlooked him for Johan Goosen, a decision that played a big part in the move.

"I was hopeful and confident that I would have been the starting fly- half for a number of seasons," Ebersohn said.

"When Johan Goosen burst on to the scene my reality changed. Johan is a player who can kick a rugby ball like few others and he can slot penalties from 65 metres plus.

"The Cheetahs want him on the field for 80 minutes, I understand that. I am a confidence player who likes to spend time on the pitch."

Ebersohn, who will arrive in Perth at the end of the South African Currie Cup season, talked to Sarel Pretorius, the Waratahs scrum-half, about new Force coach Michael Foley.

"Sarel said I would enjoy playing under him," Ebersohn said.

"He said he is a very technical coach, very structured and everything must be exactly as he wants and plans.

"I'm sure he will add another dimension to my rugby. I think we'll have a good time.

"I see myself as someone who plays strongly from a plan and fits well into structured games.

"From my perspective it makes sense to join a team which I believe play my brand of rugby and where I am confident I will make a constructive and positive impact.

"I base my game on attack. I think I am good at organising a back line on attack and strive to provide space and time to my outside backs."

Ebersohn played for the "Baby Boks" in 2008 and 2009, captaining South Africa in his second year, but the move to the Force means he will no longer qualify for the Springboks.

It was not something that crossed his mind when he made the decision.

"I see my move to the Force not as the end of an era but the start of a new era," he said.

"I am a professional sportsman and gave it my all at the Cheetahs."