SRI Lankan internationals with more than 120 matches of first class experience don't often just rock up on your doorstep.
But that's exactly what happened to Wodonga when Nuwan Shiroman applied for their vacant senior coaching position.
The 41-year-old has coaching experience in his homeland as well as in England, and is set to share responsibilities with Dan Dixon for the 2016/17 season.
Shiroman scored 4949 runs and took 56 wickets in his 127-match first class career and spent last season with Melbourne club Kingston Heath.
Having played alongside Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakarra in a career that also included a stint at the international level with Sri Lanka A, Shiroman said he was hoping to pass on the lessons he'd learned.
“I'm really looking forward to sharing my experience with Wodonga,” he said.
“I'm still a temporary citizen at the moment, and moving to a regional area makes the process much easier.
“We decided to settle down here, and I met the right people and thought why not?”
After falling just shy of a premiership last season, Shiroman said the club was well positioned to have another tilt next season.
“They played the grand final last year, so they must be doing something right,” he said.
“I don't think I'll have to work on too much, polish a few areas.
“I'll work with both seniors and the juniors, the juniors are the future of the club and hopefully we'll see a few of them play some senior games as well.”
Shiroman and Dixon replace Robbie Jackson as coaches.
The veteran batsman will play on this season.
The club is also hopeful Englishman Andrew Weighell will return, while star batsman James Tonkin is also hoping to play a full season.
“We’re really looking forward to the season,” Dixon said.
“We’re looking to go one step further, and picking up Nuwan and the experience the players are going to get from him should help us achieve that,” he said.
“Some of the players he’s played with, the names he’s rattled off, are unbelievable.
“We finished fifth on the ladder last season and got ourselves into the grand final.
“We personally think we lost the game in the first hour both days.
“We think we can raise the bar against from the already high standards Robbie (Jackson) has set for us.”
It’s already been an incredibly fruitful off season for the Bulldogs.
The club’s ageing nets and practice pitches will be replaced with four new ones in time for next season, thanks to a $70,000 grant from the state government and $35,000 of their own money.