Legspinner leaves Victoria for rookie contract June 21, 2006

Mangan moves to Western Australia

Cricinfo staff

Brad Hogg will have a young spinner to groom when Josh Mangan arrives in Perth © Getty Images

Western Australia hope to fill the slow-bowling gap created by Beau Casson's switch to New South Wales with Victoria's Josh Mangan, who has accepted a rookie deal with the state. Mangan, a former Australia Under-19 leggie, will move west on a two-year contract and will come under the eye of the ODI spinner Brad Hogg.

Wayne Clark, the Western Australia coach, said the signing of Mangan, 20, would add depth to the squad. "He's obviously got talent given that he represented Australia at the Youth World Cup," Clark said. "Having another quality young cricketer in the squad can only be a positive."

Mangan held a rookie contract with Victoria last summer and is expected to move to Perth next month to start pre-season training with the Warriors. Tony Dodemaide, the WACA chief executive, was desperate to prevent Casson from moving to New South Wales, but he accepted a full contract with the Blues.