Sydney Thunder has finalised its playing squad for the upcoming KFC Big Bash League with Tasmanian seamer Sam Rainbird joining the club.
The 26-year old left arm seamer joins Sydney Thunder from the Hobart Hurricanes, where he has played seven games.
"I’m feeling really positive about the move," said Rainbird.
"It’s a bit of change, I haven’t played any cricket outside of Tasmania or the Hurricanes in my career but there haven’t been many opportunities there for me in the last couple of years so looking forward to a change and playing with the Thunder this year."
Rainbird will be joined in the Thunder squad by fellow Tasmanian bowler Gurinder Sandhu who is Thunder's leading all time BBL wicket taker.
"It’s been quite helpful with Gurinder Sandhu moving to Tassie this year," added Rainbird.
"I’ve been able to have a couple of chats with him about what the Thunder is like. It’ll be good to have someone I know from Tassie at the Thunder."
Sydney Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond was keen to add a second left arm seam option to his squad.
"He’s been around the Big Bash League for a long time but had limited playing opportunities," said Sydney Thunder Head Coach Shane Bond.
"We had one left-arm bowling option in our group in Daniel Sams and I wanted a good quality back-up.
"Sam’s been around a long time on the first-class scene, he’s got a good record, he’s durable, he’s used to the travel and he’s a good team man. I think all those things contribute to him being a valuable team member.
"Like the other bowlers, he’ll be pushing hard for game time and I think that internal competition will be good. I know Sam’s really looking for opportunities with a change of scene and hopefully he can make a really good fist of it."
Sydney Thunder open their BBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars on 21 December at Manuka Oval before playing their first game in Sydney on 24 December against cross town rivals the Sydney Sixers.
Sydney Thunder BBL Squad Information
In: Daniel Sams (Sydney Sixers), Nathan McAndrew (upgraded from Replacement Player), Sam Rainbird (Hobart Hurricanes), Jason Sangha (upgraded from Thunder Foundation scholar)
Out: Clint McKay (retired), Ben Rohrer (retired), Aiden Blizzard (retired), Andrew Fekete (released)
Internationals: Jos Buttler and Joe Root (first seven games), Anton Devcich and Chris Jordan (from 13 January 2019)
General Manager: Lee Germon
Head Coach: Shane Bond
Assistant Coaches: John Bracewell, Beau Casson, Shawn Bradstreet
Support Coach: James Foster
BBL|08 Squad: Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Jos Buttler, Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Liam Hatcher, Chris Jordan, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Sam Rainbird, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha and Joe Root.