Legspinner Cameron Boyce has moved from Queensland to Tasmania, signing with the Tigers for the 2016-17 season. Boyce, who has played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL for the past three seasons and played in Australia's T20 side this summer, has completed the move south after being chosen for only one Sheffield Shield match for the Bulls in 2015-16.
He will be joined in the move to Tasmania by allrounder Simon Milenko, who made his debut for Queensland in 2014-15 but did not play a Shield match last summer. Tasmania have also handed contracts to Cameron Stevenson, Jake Hancock and Andrew Perrin, all of whom have made the move from Victoria's premier cricket in the hope of making their state debuts.
Local fast bowler Cameron Wheatley has earned a state contract, while new rookies include Mac Wright, who has joined from the ACT, and local allrounder Corey Murfet.
After a disappointing season in which the Tigers finished last in the Shield the selectors have cut several players. Allrounder Evan Gulbis, who won the Ricky Ponting Medal as Tasmania's best player in 2013-14, has lost his contract after a summer in which he claimed eight wickets at 50.25 in the Shield.
Wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt was also delisted despite playing eight of the state's ten Shield matches for the season, while spinner Clive Rose and batsman Sean Willis were also axed. The Tigers have also lost allrounder Luke Butterworth and fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus to retirement.
"We have some very new faces added to our list but also some familiar faces who have been a part of the Hobart Hurricanes squad and the Tasmanian cricket system," Cricket Tasmania general manager Andrew Dykes said.
"While there is plenty of youth, with Tassie having the third youngest playing list behind South Australia and Western Australia, we are confident we have signed a strong Tasmanian team full of new signings and some very positive re-signings."
Tasmania squad George Bailey (CA contract), Jackson Bird, Cameron Boyce, Xavier Doherty, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner (CA), Andrew Fekete, Jake Hancock, Hamish Kingston, Ben McDermott, Dom Michael, Simon Milenko, Tim Paine, Andrew Perrin, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk, Cameron Stevenson, Beau Webster, Cameron Wheatley.
Rookies Gabe Bell, Caleb Jewell, Ryan Lees, Riley Meredith, Corey Murfet, Mac Wright.