THE last time Chris Tremain was a bushranger, he was five years old in his backyard in home-town Yeoval pretending to be Ned Kelly.
The former Orange fast bowler will trade sky blue for navy blue next season after agreeing to terms for a two-year contract with Cricket Victoria in an attempt to spark a consistent first-class career.
A fully contracted NSW player for the past two seasons, injury and inconsistency quelled Tremain’s hopes of cementing a place in the Blues Sheffield Shield outfit.
He made just six appearances in two seasons, and despite taking 18 wickets at 31.72 he found himself low on a jam-packed paceman pecking order.
With former Test quicks Doug Bollinger, Moises Henriques and Trent Copeland, of Bathurst, along with young guns Gurinder Sandhu, Josh Hazlewood and Sean Abbott now mainstays, Tremain made the decision to move on in order to further his career.
“Unfortunately there was no guarantee of a contract renewal at NSW,” he said.
“Obviously with NSW winning the shield, they had a huge year, but they still look to improve. Sometimes that costs people positions, and opportunities, but that’s the nature of the beast. So I was told there was no hard feelings if I was to look around at other states, and Victoria were very keen from the outset.
“Tasmania was another option, but there’s really only red wine and cheese there. It’s exciting, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I’m looking forward to getting into it down there.”
Tremain said there was no hard feelings toward the Blues, and lauded them for the opportunity he was given.
“I’ll always be grateful to NSW, they gave me my opportunity and got me to where I am,” he said.
“Of course it is disappointing in a way, to leave my home state. But it is also a huge opportunity for me, to hopefully play with and learn from some great fast bowlers and coaches. It definitely wasn’t an easy decision to make, I consulted a lot of people about it. But I’m comfortable I’ve made the right decision.”
The 22-year-old is still contracted to Big Bash League team Sydney Thunder, and despite the move south, said he had no intention of defecting to one of Melbourne’s two franchises - the Renegades and Stars.
“I still have one season left on my contract with the Thunder, and I’d love to stay on there,” Tremain said. “We’re working our way back up from the bottom now, and I can see big things happening there. I’d love to be a part of it for some time to come.”