Jesse Ryder will be an Otago cricketer on October 1 and
it may not be long before his international career is revived.
Ryder's switch to the south was confirmed by the Otago
Cricket Association this morning.
The explosive left-hander rejoins former coach Vaughn Johnson
in a Volts team that, particularly in the shorter forms of
the game, will field an imposing batting line-up.
Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, said Otago appealed as a new
home because of the presence of Johnson and the enthusiasm of
Ryder's new team-mates.
''It just feels right. The Otago environment feels like the
logical place for Jesse to go,'' he told the Otago Daily
Ryder, who is leaving Wellington after nearly a decade, has
not played for the Black Caps since February 2012. He made
himself unavailable after a ''deeply stressful and emotional
time'' in the spotlight.
In March, he was the victim of an assault that left him in
hospital in Christchurch in an induced coma.
Klee said a return to international cricket was hopefully not
too far away for Ryder.
''He's going to need to perform, firstly. We all want to see
some consistency and stability from him.
''He met with Mike Hesson for a good talk last week. We've
maintained communication with the Black Caps right through
''At some point, Jesse needs to get back into international
cricket. He just needed some time to sort himself out.
''We're getting close to that point. After what happened in
Christchurch, we realised there wasn't much point sitting
around. It's time to get back on the horse and get the career
''All going well, it won't take him that long to get back
into international cricket.''
Ryder was making good progress, Klee said. There were a
couple of lingering concussion issues, but specialists had
advised that was to be expected.
Ryder had been working hard on his fitness and was ''probably
in better shape than he was at the end of last season''.