Former Launceston cricketer Tom Triffitt has signed to play first-class cricket for Western Australia for the next two seasons.
Triffitt will replace outgoing keeper Luke Ronchi, who quit the Warriors at the end of last season and will move to New Zealand, where he was born, in a bid to resurrect his career.
The 21-year-old former Tasmanian and Australian under-19 wicketkeeper was on the Tasmanian Tigers' rookie list and a member of the senior squad for the past three years.
“I will always be grateful for the chance that Cricket Tasmania gave me to play at interstate level in the last three years, but with Tim Paine coming back from injury I have had the opportunity to move west and I am looking forward to a long career with the Warriors,” Triffitt said.
“It is sad to leave my home state but I cant wait to get over to Perth. I have a few friends in the Warriors such as Mitch Marsh, Tom Beaton and Travis Birt, who I all played with, and I also look forward to getting to know the other guys in the squad and hopefully enjoy some success.”
Warriors coach Lachlan Stevens said Triffitt brough a great deal of experience despite his youth.
“Tom has been part of a really successful program in Tasmania and has played in two Sheffield Shield finals, so not only does he bring youthful exuberance, he also brings big game knowledge and we know that will help our group,” he said.
“We see Tom adding a bit of assuredness to our middle and lower order.
"We weren't as dominant at six and seven as we wanted to be last season, and there was a burden left to eight and nine. Hopefully Tom will help to ease that."