A CULTURE of success and the pull of the WACA were enough for Tasmanian Jonathan Wells to make the difficult decision to leave the support network of his family and friends and head west in search of his cricketing dreams.
The middle-order batsman struggled to break into the Tasmania batting line-up last year and while his form for the Hobart Hurricanes was never questioned, ultimately he was told to move on.
Wells described the choice to move to WA to play for Perth cricket club to resurrect his career as quite a “big decision” and one that had made a significant impact on his life.
“It really is a long way from Hobart and I had to sacrifice a fair bit coming over. Obviously not having a contract and to leave my wife, family and friends, it was pretty tough,” he said.
“There definitely have been hard times to begin with, but overall I have enjoyed the experience thus far.”
It was coaching staff, culture and success of the Western Warriors that were the main reasons for choosing to continue his career in Perth, where he joined former Tasmanian cricketer and State men’s assistant coach Adam Griffith.
“I am very keen to do some work with Justin Langer and Geoff Marsh; to work alongside them and improve myself as a bat, was a major reason,” he said.
“As an outsider looking in, the culture they have around the squad was extremely appealing and something I wanted to be a part of and be around.
“The success they have been having over the last couple of years was important, obviously with winning the one-day tournament and making the Shield final. Even with the Scorchers, that core group has had a lot of success.”
Wells has been enjoying a strong start to the premier cricket season playing for Perth, opening the season impressively with 125 against Wanneroo recently.
“Perth have been very good to me; the club has such a great bunch of people and they have made it very easy for me to feel comfortable,” he said.
“We are strong and I would expect us to be pretty competitive this year and hopefully play a bit of finals.
“Even give ourselves the chance of taking some silverware away would be nice. ”