Australian bowler Michael Hogan is coming to Cardiff despite attempts by WA to make him stay.
Bowler Michael Hogan has finally completed a deal to join County Championship side Glamorgan on a two year deal.
As a British passport holder Hogan was free to come and play for Glamorgan without counting as an overseas player, but Western Australia wanted to keep hold of him.
Hogan’s contract at his new club specifies that he can not return to play in the Australian Sheffield Shield during the British winter months.
This means that Western Australia are set to permanently lose the services of a player that has been with the side for four years.
The 31-year-old bowler took 130 wickets at an average 27.66 during his time at the Australian club and despite doing everything in his power to keep the player, head coach Justin Langer had nothing but praise for Hogan.
“He has been an excellent servant of WA cricket over the past four years,” Langer was quoted on ESPN.
“He made a positive impact during his time here, not only as an outstanding bowler but a popular team member as well.”
For Glamorgan this is of course a brilliant news as they secure the signature of a top-class bowler in the wake of James Harris departing for Middlesex at the end of last season.
Hogan will join Graham Wagg, Huw Waters, John Glover and Michael Reed in Glamorgan’s bowling ranks as the Australian takes his first steps in English cricket.