Western Australia have handed out four new contracts to develop their squad while cutting five players who failed to convince in 2009-10. All the faces will be new to Mickey Arthur, who has replaced Tom Moody as coach, but Michael Beer, the Victoria spinner, and Martin Paskal, the New South Wales fast bowler, have also joined the batch of imports.
The local allrounder Matt Johnston and batsman Michael Swart have been elevated to the contract list while Justin Coetzee, Theo Doropoulos, Drew Porter, Ben Edmondson and Josh Mangan were dropped. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Marsh have been upgraded from rookie status to full deals.
Beer, 25, is a left-arm orthodox spinner from St Kilda who was the leading wicket taker in Victorian Premier Cricket last season. Paskal, 24, was a rookie contracted player with New South Wales and has impressed with his Sydney University club side.
"We have secured arguably the leading spinner outside of the state system in Australia and one of the most promising quicks in grade cricket, and have given a great opportunity to two promising local batsmen to show their wares at interstate level," Arthur said. "The Warriors have been in a period of rebuilding over the past couple of summers, having lost a number of senior players, but we are very confident that we have a good balance of youth and experience in this squad."
Western Australia squad David Bandy, Michael Beer, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Brett Dorey, Chris Gayle (Twenty20), Aaron Heal, Michael Hogan, Matt Johnston, Brad Knowles, Steve Magoffin, Mitchell Marsh, Ashley Noffke, Martin Paskal, Luke Pomersbach, Kemar Roach (Twenty20) Wes Robinson, Luke Ronchi, Michael Swart, Luke Towers.
Rookie contracts Tom Beaton, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Jake Fawcett, Marcus Harris, Michael Johnson.
Cricket Australia contracts Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Marcus North, Adam Voges.