Sydney Thunder has confirmed Chris Green's six-year commitment to the club which will tie him to western Sydney's KFC Big Bash League team until the end of BBL|13.
The deal not only acknowledges Green's talent as an inspiring player, but it also recognises the traits that make him a tremendous ambassador for the club.
Green cited a number of reasons for his decision to want to be a one-team player - including Thunder's commitment to its community and charitable causes - but he also nominated "loyalty" as a major factor.
“Thunder was the first team that backed me when I was playing grade cricket, so to lock in my future with the club is really exciting,” he said.
“It’s not often you have security, so for me to get that with a club that I love, I’m really excited and very grateful for this opportunity to continue to represent Thunder into the future.”
Green, who enjoys enormous support from Thunder's staunch supporter base, said he always felt honoured to wear the club's colours.
“I get goosebumps every time I pull on the Thunder shirt," he said. "I absolutely love playing for Thunder.
“The unwavering support we get from our fans - the fact that they support us no matter what - is something that's really special to be a part of.
“It was so special to be part of BBL|05 when we got to reward our loyal supporters with a trophy; and that’s my absolute goal now and for the next five years.
“[I want] to continue to give back to the Thunder Nation who give so much to us as a playing group and a club.
“I think there’s an exciting future ahead for Thunder. I feel like we’ve got a well-balanced squad for this season, but also some exciting players locked in for the future.”
Storytime with Greeny! 📚 @chrisgreen_93 visited St Charles Primary School to deliver the Thunder Literacy Program, an initiative designed to promote the importance of education and create a life-long love of learning for students #NSS2019 #ThunderNation pic.twitter.com/1Kq2Gxnuyl— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) May 22, 2019
The 26-year-old has played 41 games for Thunder since joining the club in BBL|04; taking 30 wickets at an economy of 7.00 and scoring 321 runs at an average of 18.88.
The off-spinning all-rounder has also established himself as one of world cricket's most in-demand T20 specialists.
While he's currently representing the Northern Warriors in Abu Dhabi’s T10 League, he's made his mark in the Pakistan [T20] Super League, Canada’s GT20 tournament, England’s Vitality Blast and the Caribbean Premier League.
“Thunder put me on the map and provided a platform for me to showcase my skills and contribute to the team’s success and as a result, that’s let me travel the world playing the sport I love,” said Green.
“Within the Thunder set-up, I’ve had opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business.
“I was very fortunate to get to play and win a trophy alongside my idol Jacques Kallis in BBL|04 and BBL|05.
“I still work closely with Mike Hussey as one of my mentors from a leadership and cricket point of view. He’s been an amazing help to me with my development and we’re constantly in touch.
“I’m very fortunate to have had access to high quality players, people and leaders who have helped me grow into the player, person and leader I am today.”
Green pinpointed Thunder's commitment to community engagement as another reason behind his desire to remain at the club.
“The reason why I love playing for Thunder so much is that we give back to our community," he said.
“We are very fortunate as cricketers to be doing what we love, and I really think it’s important to give back to others who might not be as fortunate.
“The opportunity to make a difference in the community is a big reason behind why I wanted to stay at Thunder for a long time and hopefully be a one club player for the remainder of my Big Bash career.”
Sydney Thunder is set to open its ninth KFC Big Bash League campaign against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on 17 December, before playing its first game in Sydney on 2 January.
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