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Jayden Hayward is as surprised as anybody at the niche he's found for himself at the Western Force.

Hayward struggled for opportunities during stints with the Highlanders and Hurricanes, notching just 24 Super Rugby caps and failing to score a single point over four years.

The talented 25-year-old jumped at the chance to join the Force this season, and has thrived since switching from the centres to fullback - a position he hadn't played since his first year out of high school.

Although the positional switch came as somewhat of a surprise for Hayward, the biggest shock came during the pre-season when he found out he was actually a good goalkicker.

His calmness and accuracy in front of goal have resulted in Hayward being handed the goalkicking duties for much of the past five weeks, and the New Zealand-born speedster has loved the challenge.

"We've got a good kicking coach - Chook (Philip) Fowler," Hayward said on Tuesday.

"When I first came over here, we did a lot of practise in November, December.

"I started hitting them good at training.

"Me and the boys were having a few competitions, and I won a couple and got my confidence up.

"I think the kicking coach said 'this guy's been kicking well'. That's how I got my opportunity."

South African-born flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has also proved himself worthy in front of goal, leaving coach Michael Foley with plenty of goalkicking options.

The Western Force have put in brave performances over the past fortnight, drawing with the Reds before suffering a 22-21 loss to the Chiefs in NZ.

The Force's final four games are all at home, and the Perth-based franchise will fancy their chances of snaring a rare victory in Friday night's clash with the travel-weary Sharks.