Web helps Uni-Grange sign overseas player

University-Grange has signed an overseas player and is wading through the other 90 or so applications.

The club has been welcomed back into the senior grade after a four-year absence and has been busy recruiting.

The wonders of the internet have sped up the process.

University-Grange president Matiu Workman revealed the club had advertised for players on Cricketer Exchange and had been swamped with interest.

The club is offering free accommodation and has promised to help find employment.

Australian left-arm spinner and middle-order batsman Joshua Taylor was keen to take up the offer and Workman confirmed the 20-something player would be arriving in Dunedin before a proposed pre-season game against Kaikorai on September 23.

"I'm really excited to be joining University-Grange as it's my first season over in New Zealand - stoked to be a part of the squad and can't wait to get involved with the lads," Taylor said in a press release.

"I'd love to contribute like I have this past season with the bat and ball but also mix myself within the culture at the club."

Taylor has been playing club cricket in London for Alexandra Park Cricket Club and has also played premier cricket in Melbourne.

"He is our first guy which we are pretty stoked about," Workman said.

"What we did was put an advert [on Cricketer Exchange] to say we were looking and I think we had about 90-odd applicants from all over the place."

Workman can vouch for the quality of the accommodation since it is the spare room at his house.

"I've got a couple of beds lined up for the players coming over and of course they will be rent-free. It will be fun. I'm looking forward to hanging out with Josh.

"Interestingly enough, he used to be a pro golfer.

"He played professional golf for, I think, three years, so he can definitely hit a ball. I'm looking forward to seeing that."

As for the other applications, Workman said the club had been "overwhelmed by the sheer number" and it was still in the process of working through them.

The club hopes to be in a position to confirm a second overseas player next week.


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