After breaking out during the BBL|12 season with the Hobart Hurricanes, finishing the season with 19 wickets in 10 games, left-arm spinner Paddy Dooley is rewarded with his first state contract.
Signing with the Tasmanian Tigers on a one-year deal, Dooley comes hot off his phenomenal season with the Hobart Hurricanes, a reason he is committing to the Tigers over any other team.
When speaking to the media, it is apparent the spinning sensation has found a home in the Apple Isle.
“I love my time obviously with the Hurricanes and it’s really cool to be able to be there all year round,” said an optimistic Dooley.
“I really like the infrastructure in there and the fact that I already kind of know a lot of people involved with the Tigers is really exciting.”
Dooley spoke highly of the Tigers’ head coach Jeff Vaughan, who played a key role in securing the spinner’s signature. Vaughan’s decision to stay in Tasmania throughout the year, as well as his relationship with Dooley, cemented the commitment to the Tigers for the 25-year-old.
“I think it was definitely the place I wanted to go the most,” he said.
“Already having that rapport with Vaughan and the rest of the staff and the players who cross over [is good], [there was] definitely some discussion started after the Big Bash and not necessarily about signing. You know, he wanted to just be checking in, see how I was traveling and all that kind of stuff.”
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Considering his recent injury history, Dooley is looking to work on his body and make sure it is in shape ahead of the season with the Tigers. It has been of extreme importance that Dooley continues to get better and learn from the latest T20 season.
“The staff of the Hurricanes just sort of kept in contact with me, strengthening conditioning-wise and sort of all my rehab and I think now [I’m in] the side and that [they] probably feel a bit vindicated the fact that their hard work will sort of come fruition a bit earlier now with the Tigers season starting,” said Dooley.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has bigger goals and is confident his game will be able to take his game to the next stage of red-ball cricket.
“It’s a format that I feel confident in that my skills should be able to translate to that next level and it just so happened I got my opportunity in white ball [cricket] and you know, I’m going to do what I can with that opportunity and do my best,” said Dooley assertively.
Dooley has become Tasmania’s second signing after the club announced they had signed batsmen Jake Weatherald from South Australia, with the full team to be listed next week.
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