June 28, 2001

Cary & Cullen score state contracts

The Western Australian Cricket Association is pleased to advise and confirm that two more players have been added to its list of WA State Contracted players - with the inclusion of Sean Cary and Geoff Cullen.

Geoff Cullen has been given a contract in recognition of outstanding performances with the bat for Claremont Nedlands, at first grade level in the Sunsmart league. Last season Cullen scored 852 runs at 56.8 in the Sunsmart League, to add to his 164 runs at 27.33 for the WA BGC 2nd XI, in the ACB Cup. Cullen also played one Pura Cup game for WA late last season against Victoria at the WACA ground.

Cullen said, "I'm very excited about being a part of the Western Warriors squad next season, but realistic too, about my ranking position. I know that I'll need to continue scoring runs heavily for Claremont Nedlands, before I can get a game for WA, and am looking forward to the challenge."

While Sean Cary is already a highly experienced player for WA, he too has been rewarded for his outstanding form in first grade cricket last season. Cary took 52 wickets at 17.77 in the Sunsmart league to confirm his swing bowling abilities. So far in his career, Cary has 99 wickets at 34.28 from 36 Pura Cup and Sheffield Shield games for WA.

The WACA intends to add two more State Player Contracts and two more Rookie Contracts to its overall list. The ACB's deadline for states to sign off on final contractual appointments is the end of September.

This season sees the inclusion of the Rookie Contract into the State Contract system. The rookie system allows each state to contract between two and five players under the age of 23, over and above their senior list. Players deemed rookies receive an annual retainer of $10,000 and are automatically upgraded to a state contract upon Pura Cup or Mercantile Mutual Cup selection.