After two seasons playing with Cardiff-Boolaroo as a T20 marquee, Sydney first grader Nick Watkins will join the struggling Newcastle club on a full-time basis in 2018-2019.
The Blacktown No.3 will captain the side, on the verge of back-to-back wooden spoons, next summer in what shapes as a new beginning of sorts.
The 34-year-old batsman, who was born in Queensland and represented the NSW deaf squad, will take over from veteran Richard Green with the outfit changing grounds and names.
“It’s an exciting period for the club and we’re pleased to have Nick on board,” Cardiff-Boolaroo president Matthew Maher said. “I met up with him and his wife in Sydney last week and they’re keen to be part of it.”
The club will be known as Lake Macquarie Cricket following this campaign as they transfer headquarters from traditional home Cardiff No.1 to Cameron Park’s new sports facility.
Cardiff-Boolaroo will farewell the ground with old boys on Saturday week.