Apollo Bay officials say having former Birregurra cricketer Jack Parker join the club on the eve of the season has boosted the morale of the coastal club.
The Sharks secured the talented all-rounder ahead of tomorrow’s round one clash against Irrewarra, after Parker became available following the Saints’ decision to sit out the season in Division One cricket.
Apollo Bay endured a tough 2018-19 campaign, losing all 16 games to finish on the bottom of the ladder.
Sharks captain Billey Bernet said Parker provided the club with much-needed depth upon his arrival.
Parker will debut for the Bay tomorrow at his old home Birregurra after the Sharks were forced to move their game due to maintenance at the seaside club’s home.
The 23-year-old, who tied for fifth in a Bill Johnston Medal two seasons ago, produced 840 runs and took 58 wickets in his past three Division One campaigns with the Saints.
“We’re stoked to have Jack on board,” Bernet said.
“The last few years we’ve struggled with recruiting, but he’s given the club a real lift.
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