West Australian Marcus Stoinis returns to his home state after four seasons with Victoria, while the recent resolution of the Memorandum of Understanding has resulted in a breakthrough for gender equality in cricket, enabling the Fury to offer their first multi-year contracts in an expanded list.
Western Warriors contracts announced
The Warriors will this year have three players on Cricket Australia contracts, with Ashton Agar and Hilton Cartwright elevated to join Mitchell Marsh, plus 18 State contract players and six State Rookie contract players.
Wanneroo all-rounder Matthew Spoors has been added to the Rookie list for the first time after impressing the selection panel as the only WA representative in the Australian Under-19 side earlier this year.
Former captain Adam Voges announced his retirement last season and fast bowler Nathan Rimmington has returned home to Queensland, while Ryan Duffield, Josh Nicholas and Liam O’Connor have not been offered State contracts.
Warriors head coach Justin Langer said: “All the players have worked really hard in the pre-season and the comradery is unbelievable. A number of players who were the ‘young ones’ now have four or five years’ experience.
“We’re thrilled to have Marcus (Stoinis) coming home to West Australia, not only because he’s an extremely talented player but he’s a great character as well. Young Matt Spoors is an exciting young talent. I love his dancing feet; a lot of kids these days have really slow footwork, but Matt’s got really fast batting feet.
“12 players have been Australian representatives and that’s a great tribute to the program we’re running here at the WACA.”
Langer said the group was aiming to break its Sheffield Shield drought and return to the top of One Day Domestic competition.
“On paper, this side looks amazing, but it’s how we jel on the field that counts.”
Western Fury contracts announced
The Western Fury have contracted 15 players, with one spot to be filled ahead of the 50-over WNCL season due to commence in October.
Cricket Australia contracted pair Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani return after an impressive World Cup performance, while Piepa Clearly and Heather Graham, who are both on the cusp of international call-ups, retain their State contracts.
WA has added two additional players to its squad after MOU negotiations resulted in CA contracts being excluded from the State contract list, enabling the state to bring in the youthful talent of Sheldyn Cooper and Amy Edgar.
Fury head coach Lisa Keightley said: “This is a great opportunity for Sheldyn and Amy, in particular, and I’m hoping to see two young cricketers that thrive in the Fury environment and are excited about the upcoming season.
“An extra two players allows us to grow our player pool and depth and the opportunity to spend at least 20 hours a week working with the players is very exciting and I have no doubt we will see the game go from strength to strength in Western Australia.”
Fury top order batters Bolton and Villani are amidst preparations for the Ashes in November and Keightley said their experience would be invaluable in a youthful squad.
“It’s always great to have our Australian players back in and around the squad as they bring so much guidance and experience to the playing group – plus they’re great fun to be around,” she said.
2017-18 WESTERN WARRIORS CONTRACT LIST
Ins: Marcus Stoinis (Victoria), Matthew Spoors (Wanneroo).
Outs: Adam Voges (retired), Nathan Rimmington (returned to QLD), Ryan Duffield, Josh Nicholas, Liam O’Connor (not retained).
Cricket Australia Contract
Nathan Coulter-Nile *
Cameron Green #
Joshua Inglis #
Shaun Marsh *
D’Arcy Short ^
Jake Carder -
* Did not retain Cricket Australia contract.
# Elevated from State Rookie to Full contract during 2016-17, with Full contract retained.
^ Elevated from WACA Academy to Full contract during 2016-17, with Full contract retained.
- Held State Contract for 2016-17, moved to Rookie Contract.
2017-18 WESTERN FURY CONTRACT LIST
Ins: Sheldyn Cooper (Midland), Amy Edgar (Sydney).
Outs: Emma Biss (not retained).
Cricket Australia Contract
Katie Jane Hartshorn