Tallangatta recruit Corey McIntosh is banking on a reunion with a host of former team-mates kick-starting his stint at the higher level.
The 20-year-old has joined the Bushies from Wangaratta and District outfit Yarrawonga Mulwala.
He played North East Knights under 18 with a number of Tallangatta players.
"I just want that next challenge and to play with those guys again, there's Lachie Paton, Alessandro Belci, Ollie Willett, Harris Lees, Jonty Thomas," he revealed.
McIntosh is a right-hand bat and right-arm medium-pacer.
"He's a batting all-rounder, he bats in the top five and he's got a lot of change-ups with his bowling, so he's a good one-day bowler," captain-coach Matt Armstrong offered.
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The WDCA still plays some longer form cricket of 75 overs each, along with T20 and 40-over games, while CAW is coming off only one format of 50-over matches.
McIntosh struggled with the bat last summer, hitting only 222 runs at 20, although he snared 16 wickets at 12.
However, he exploded in the grand final against Delatite, posting his highest score of the season with 60 before snaring 3-11 from eight miserly overs.
The ability to perform at the crucial time is highly valued in all sports, so McIntosh can take enormous confidence from his finish.
"It wasn't too great last year, I just plodded along, but it was good to contribute in the grand final, it was good to support the boys when it mattered and help get us across the line," he said.
Delatite scored 9-176 from its overs, with the Lakers edging home by two wickets and two balls to spare.
McIntosh's arrival continues the Bushies recent recruiting plans of gaining players from lower level associations.
"COVID's had an impact on us, we probably have championed the overseas program and done that really well," Armstrong explained.
"Being a town of 1500 people, we're not breeding thousands of kids like you see at Lavington and Wodonga, the average age of Tallangatta is more senior in relation to Albury and Wodonga.
"If you want to be a successful club from a small area, you have to think outside the box, so we're working hard to encourage kids to play cricket in the region.
"We've got to remain competitive and relevant, otherwise the league will potentially look at our participation and push us to another league."
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