JOONDALUP will not field an international player for the coming WACA Premier Cricket competition, with staff confident they’ve got all they need in the form of local talent.
Coach Ric Olsen said the team had changed little from last year, with the exception of veteran Clint Tomlinson who retired and Aaron Todd who left the club.
The Centurions have added dangerous paceman Simon Branston from Whitfords to boost their bowling stocks.
“He’ll give us a bit of bowling depth that we lacked last year, he’s a quality bowler,” Olsen said.
Joondalup has made good use of imports in recent seasons, but Olsen was confident they could go without in 2016-17.
“We’re going to stay away this year, I think we’ve got what we need now,” he said.
“There’s some good young players coming through and we’re going to give them the opportunity to push their way into that A-Grade side, which is obviously pretty formidable.”
He mentioned “quality young bowler” Joe Inglis would return to cricket after a year out of the game with stress fractures.
Inglis is the brother of talented Joondalup wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis, who heads into his second season on the WA rookie list.
Inglis and all-rounder Clint Hinchliffe are Joondalup’s only WA-contracted players, with batsman Jaron Morgan, who spent two years as a Warriors rookie, not offered a contract renewal.
Veteran quick James Boyland is to return after an operation on an elbow, looking to add to his tally of more than 500 wickets.
Olsen was not concerned with the new WACA player points cap introduced this season, saying they were “pretty well covered”.
Players are given point rankings depending on their experience, with teams restricted to a 25-point contingent.
The league introduced it in an attempt to equalise the competition.
Joondalup has been training on a turf wicket at Iluka since August, which Olsen said was earlier than most clubs, ahead of its opening clash against Perth on Saturday, October 8.