IT’S only 11 days since Centrals were crowned back-to-back kings of the Orange District Cricket Association but already CYMS have pulled off two signings that’ll have opposition sides watching out for the green and golds in season 2012-13.
Western Zone batsman Trent Colley and Bathurst and Mitchell representative quick Chris Novak will be part of the green and gold fold next summer.
Approached by CYMS to captain their side next season, Colley admits he likes what he sees in their youthful outfit.
Novak, though, has fallen into CYMS’ lap.
On the verge of Western Zone selection over the past two seasons, Novak has moved to Orange and will bring plenty of experience to CYMS most notably with the ball.
Colley said the challenge of leading a young club forward was too good to refuse.
“A few guys from the club approached me and they outlined their vision and direction the club was going in and I could see myself being part of that. I liked what I saw,” Colley said.
And Colley was rapt Novak would be joining him.
“His experience, having opened the bowling for Mitchell over the last five or six seasons, he’ll be good for CYMS and Orange,” he said.
Colley played last season with Cavaliers.
He went on to captain Orange, play for Mitchell and then Western Zone while also being selected for NSW Country before having to pull out to be at the birth of his daughter.
His credentials speak for themselves.
However, Colley said for him the move was more about what he could do for the CYMS club off the field, rather than his work with the bat on it.
“(Coaching) is probably a very important part for me. It’s probably a good part of why I’m going there,” Colley revealed.
“To be able to work with some of the emerging players there at the club is a good opportunity.”
He said helping senior CYMS guys like last year’s captain Dave Neil and spinner Al Dhatt tutor the club’s youth would only benefit the first grade side.
A side that last year included Orange under 21s representatives Hamish Finlayson, Tom Satterthwaite, John Warrington, Chris Kostoglou and Sam Dwyer, while young spinner Pat Madden is a talent on the rise.
“This is a new challenge, a new opportunity where hopefully I can instill some confidence back into myself,” Colley said.
“I’m also adding another senior player to a club with a wealth of junior talent.”
He said representative cricket remains a big goal of his.
“Definitely. There are a lot of things I still have a burning desire to achieve in cricket,” Colley said.