The delayed start to the Wagga cricket season suits Lake Albert’s star recruit Alex Smeeth just fine.
Smeeth arrived in Wagga on Tuesday and is still finding his feet after one training session.
The Englishman last played on the Gold Coast and also has spent time in the Minor Counties competition in England.
The league sits just below country cricket and the 27-year-old is looking to use his experience to help guide the Bulls to back-to-back premierships.
“I’ve heard the standard is pretty good for a local comp and am looking forward to it,” Smeeth said.
Coach Craig Footman believes he will be a more than ideal replacement for Brett Davies, who has moved to Lavington.
“He’s a left arm med(ium) and top order bat, an ex-professional from the Gold Coast who we’ve picked up,” Footman said.
“He comes with pretty good credentials.”
The premiers are also expected to have the services of Isaac Cooper, after he took a season off, and Footman is excited about the prospects of 15-year-old paceman Michael Driscoll who has moved from The Rock.
Davies and Jesse Hampton, who has decided to stay in West Wyalong, are the only confirmed losses.
However, there is doubt over whether grand final hero Kurt Robertson will play this season.
Scott Billington has shaken off any retirement talk and Footman is confident of another strong season with some good juniors coming through.