Western Force signing Chris Alcock has been touted by many as the David Pocock replacement, but not by the flanker himself.

Alcock wants to be the Force's No.7 in his own right.

Alcock, coach Michael Foley's first signing, back in August, is a different style of player to Pocock.

Pocock was an exceptional pilferer at the breakdown, whereas the recruit is a ball carrier with more pace and is strong in the collision.

He is also aware he will not walk straight into the specialist No.7 spot, or anywhere else in the loose forward trio, where Foley has plenty of riches.

Foley will juggle Alcock with Wallabies Matt Hodgson, Ben McCalman, Richard Brown and Hugh McMeniman and the up-and-coming Lachlan McCaffrey in his back row.

But it is a challenge the 24-year-old, who moved from the Waratahs soon after his former mentor Foley arrived, is relishing.

And he is not worried about the pressure he will face over comparison to Pocock, who has moved to the Brumbies.

"Pocock's always been a really top-notch over-the-ball kind of player, whereas I consider myself more of an all-rounder," he said.

Alcock made 23 appearances for the Waratahs in three years, 12 of them last season.

The West Australian

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