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Western Force have finally filled their 2013 Super Rugby squad with the arrival of former Wallabies utility back Sam Norton-Knight.

He signed for the club some months ago but had to finish his season with the Wild Knights in Japan.

The 28-year-old played one season with the Cardiff Blues after leaving the NSW Waratahs in 2009. He then moved to Japan for three years.

In his four years at the Waratahs he made 49 appearances after moving from the Brumbies.

Force coach Michael Foley said that Norton-Knight's experience in Super Rugby, European rugby and in Japan would be invaluable.

"He's been around the world, he's experienced northern hemisphere rugby, which is totally different, and got an understanding of how you manage the game differently," Foley said.

"He's mature, a guy who can play 10 and 15, and he's strong-minded. He's the sort of guy that's going to speak his mind.

"That's a positive thing because he has the team's best interest at heart.

"Having him stamp his authority on things whether at No.10 or No.15 will be great in terms of leadership with some of the young guys coming in."

Norton-Knight played twice for the Wallabies in 2007 in wins against Wales and Fiji.

He has signed a two-year deal and revealed he had spoken with the club about a move to Perth in previous seasons.

"This is a good opportunity for me," he said. "It's a great time to be coming back to Super Rugby.

"It's not something I thought I would get the chance to be doing again. The Force is a young side and there is some exciting talent here. That was evident in the first two games and as the side plays together more and gains more experience I think you'll see results change."

Norton-Knight is also looking at the chance to play against the British Lions when they meet the Force in June.

"You don't get that opportunity too often," he said.

Looking back on his move overseas he wondered whether he made the right choice.

"You look at what is on offer at the time and see greener pastures," he said. "I'm not sure, in hindsight, if it was the right decision but I enjoyed my time."