Emirates Western Force prop Tim Fairbrother will finish up his Super Rugby career in Perth at the end of this season and head to England to play for Harlequins.

Fairbrother moved to Perth in 2009 following 58 games for the Wellington based Hurricanes and impressed with his work rate and nous in the front row where he added leadership to a group of promising developing players.

“I have really enjoyed my time in Perth, it was the right decision for me to come across and I feel as though now is the right decision to test myself in another competition after nine seasons in Super Rugby,” Fairbrother said.

While born in New Zealand, Fairbrother was eligible to play for the Wallabies and despite taking part in a number of Australian scrum sessions he was ultimately overlooked by national selectors.

“The Wallabies coaching staff were looking for something different in their front row at the moment and I can head to England happy in the knowledge I gave it my best crack,” Fairbrother said.

The tough tighthead prop said he was looking forward to giving his best for the remainder of the Emirates Western Force season and to help the club achieve the best possible finish on the ladder.

“We have a great bunch of guys at the club and working together we can definitely have an impact in the competition this year,” Fairbrother said.

“The result against the Stormers was not a reflection on how good we can be and we’re all looking forward to getting out onto the field again on Saturday against the Rebels and getting back to our best.”

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