Reardon wins state cricket rookie deal
FORMER Gladstone cricketer Nathan Reardon proved he was in the sights of Queensland Bulls selectors after being awarded a rookie deal for the upcoming 2005/06 season.
Reardon said this week he wasn't expecting to be included in the top squad, alongside the Bulls contracted players, despite his involvement with the Australian Cricket Academy.
'It really comes down to hard work,' Reardon said about his inclusion in the 26 man squad. "If you put in enough hard work you get the rewards. But at the end of the day a rookie contract is nothing unless you keep going with it.' Reardon's contract is a reward for his efforts for University in the 2004/05 Brisbane A grade season during which he blasted 529 runs at 44.08 and played for the Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI at the Australia Cup in Perth.
He also took out the prestigious Bob Spence Trophy as the best Brisbane A grade cricketer aged 21 and under, an award won the previous season by Bulls batsman Craig Philipson. Reardon was one of just five promising youngsters to receive a rookie contract.
Reardon was yesterday in action for the Australian Institute of Sport which is fielding two teams in four days of competition in Brisbane against their New Zealand counterparts and a first class side representing the Indian state of Karnataka.