Western Force hooker Heath Tessmann says he’s confident the franchise is heading in the right direction after re-signing for a further two Super Rugby seasons.

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Tessmann notched 10 caps off the bench for the Rebels before being axed at the end of last year.

The 29-year-old came over to Perth in the hope of snaring a deal with the Force, and went on to play 13 games last year in a breakout campaign for himself.

Tessmann finished in the top-five of the Force Player of the Year award, and hopes to build on his game next season as the franchise attempts to earn a maiden finals berth.

“A lot of the technical work I’ve been doing with Foles (coach Michael Foley) has been very beneficial for my game,” Tessmann said.

“And it’s been exciting to see us improving across a number of key areas as a team this season.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a team on the up.

“We definitely turned the corner this year and the recruitment for next season will only continue that development.

“With a number of guys like Benny McCalman, Hugh McMeniman and Wykesy also re-signing this year, we’ve got a core group of players that played together this season and will continue to develop together over the next few years.”

The Force, who finished 13th last season with just four wins and a draw, have bolstered their forward pack with the signings of South African pair Wilhelm Steenkamp and Chris Heiberg.

Foley said he had been pleased with the forward pack he has been able to assemble.

“We’re developing a forward pack that is not only skilled in the set piece but also has the ability to have an impact in the open – and Heath fits that bill,” Foley said.