Tasmania's women's cricket side has added another Australian representative to its ranks with Western Australia's Heather Graham joining the fray.
The 2019 Australian domestic women's player of the year, who is also the partner of wicketkeeper Emily Smith, made the decision to join the Tigers after maintaining their long-distance relationship for one season.
"At the end of the day, it was a bit of a hard decision but also an easy decision, in the fact that I was with WA for nine years, I started there when I was 15 years old and I felt like I needed a bit of a freshen up," she said.
"It was a bit of a blessing in disguise that I was able to have an outlet and be able to come down to Tassie and know one person and know Sal [coach Salliann Briggs] pretty well - she spent a bit of time with the Scorchers a couple of years ago."
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An all-rounder, the 23-year-old experienced a lean year with the bat in Western Australia's WNCL campaign last season, scoring 43 runs at an average of 6.14 but the state's new recruit is confident she can raise that level for the Tigers as she aims to add to her solitary one-day international match played in October.
"After the season I had last season for WA, it wasn't a very good one with the bat, it's definitely an area for me where I need to nail down and score some big runs but I think as an all-rounder, you want to improve every part of you're game, so chipping away with the ball but definitely batting is going to be my main focus.
"I hope to bring the knowledge and experience that I've had so far in my nine seasons of playing.
"I had a pretty big role in WA in the past seasons being one of the senior players at still such a young age but I think the experiences I've had in the past, especially with WA making it to the final ... I can bring down to Tassie."
Taking three wickets in last season's WNCL final, Graham joins University young gun Chloe Abel as the fresh faces of the Tigers' program with four of the contracted players from last season - Emma Manix-Geeves, Erin Fazackerly, Stefanie Daffara and Katelyn Fryett (retired) - delisted.
Three more squad positions are yet to be announced.
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