The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers have secured the signatures of several key players with nine members of the Victorian squad inking new deals.
Former captain Cameron White will see out his career as a Victorian after signing a new four-year deal that will see him play with the Bushrangers until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Victorian State Talent Manager Andrew Lynch said White’s contract was a “great reward” after the 2013-14 season.
“In the past 12 months, Cam has been brilliant in all forms of cricket” Lynch said.
“He has regained his spot in Australia’s short-form sides and has also been named in the up-coming Australia A series.
“We see him as a key part of our long-term plans.”
Promising leg-spinner James Muirhead has also committed to the side for another four seasons while Aaron Finch has been handed a contract until the end of the 2016-17 season.
“We see both James and Aaron pushing their claims for long-form cricket for Australia,” Lynch said.
“The Australian side needs young spinners coming through and we see James as the best of them.”
After a fruitful end to the season, which included an innings of 170 against Tasmania, Marcus Stoinis has been signed for three seasons while Peter Handscomb has had his deal extended for another two years.
“We were very excited about Marcus’ performance in the second half of the season and we look forward to seeing what he can produce in the future,” Lynch said.
The next wave of Victorian fast bowlers has also been locked away with Scott Boland extending his deal until 2016-17, Jake Reed handed a contract and Australian under-19 quick Ben Ashkenazi securing a two-year rookie deal.
Melbourne young gun Seb Gotch has also been handed a rookie contract after amassing 866 runs, at an average of 66.62, for the Demons this year.
Michael Hill, Jayde Herrick and Will Sheridan have not been offered contracts for the up-coming season.