Western Australia has offset the loss of wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi by signing talented Tasmanian gloveman Tom Triffitt for the next two domestic seasons.
Triffitt was a member of the Tigers’ rookie list and senior squad for the past three years, and played in Australia’s victorious Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2010.
The 21-year-old notched 10 first-class and eight one-day matches for Tasmania, including the triumphant 2010-11 Sheffield Shield final win over NSW.
But with Tasmania’s No.1 gloveman Tim Paine set to return from a finger injury, Triffitt believed his best opportunity to develop lay elsewhere.
Triffitt’s arrival is a massive boost for the Warriors, who had been desperately scouring the country for New Zealand-bound Ronchi’s replacement.
“It is sad to leave my home state but I can’t wait to get over to Perth,” said Triffitt, who has averaged 27.85 in Shield ranks and 19 in the one-day arena.
“I have a few friends in the Warriors such as Mitch Marsh, Tom Beaton and Travis Birt … and I also look forward to getting to know the other guys in the squad and hopefully enjoy some success.”
Warriors coach Lachlan Stevens said Triffitt brought important experience to the squad despite his young age.
“Tom has been part of a really successful program in Tasmania and has played in two Sheffield Shield finals, so not only does he bring youthful exuberance, he also brings big-game knowledge and we know that will help our group,” Stevens said.
“It is exciting to have three young wicketkeepers on board with Tom joining Sam Whiteman and Cameron Bancroft.
“All three have a role to play and it should create healthy competition within the group, which can only be a positive for Western Australia.”
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