Force re-sign Tessmann

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Western Force hooker Heath Tessmann has re-signed with the club for the 2016 season. Tessman played every match in the 2015 season before captaining Perth Spirit in the NRC.

In his fourth season at the Force, after initially being signed to the wider training squad in 2013, Tessmann will be looking to add to his tally of 44 Super Rugby caps.

Tessmann said he never considered going elsewhere to play rugby.

“It was a really easy decision for me to make,” he said.

“This is where I wanted to continue to play Super Rugby, the culture we’ve created around here is amazing and I want to continue my journey here with the Force.”

The 31-year-old said the side had addressed concerns from last season, ready to change their playing style ahead of the 2016 season.

“We addressed the issues from last season and have moved on to a new style of play, which I can’t wait to see out on the pitch and be a part of.

“Most importantly I can’t wait to get out there and play my role for the team.”

Force coach Michael Foley said Tessmann's on and off-field characteristics would be beneficial for the Force this season.

“Heath has always had excellent skills as a ball carrier but his dedication to his core skills are strengthening his ability to deliver more at the set piece,” he said.

“During the NRC, Heath led a strong leadership team [with Ian Prior and Angus Cottrell], which is a good indicator of what he can deliver for the team moving forward.”

Tessmann will be one of three hookers for the Force to call on in 2016, along with Nathan Charles and new addition Tom Sexton.