Backs batters part of re-signing blitz

One of the most in demand young players in the country, Nathan McSweeney has committed to South Australia long-term.

The batting allrounder was named co-captain for the recent Australia A tour of New Zealand and has been locked in for a further three years.

McSweeney has five half-centuries and twin tons to his name in First-Class cricket, as well as an unbeaten 99 a year ago that secured a breakthrough Marsh Sheffield Shield triumph for the Redbacks.

South Australian native Daniel Drew has also agreed to a multi-year deal, rewarded for a breakout summer headlined by a remarkable double-century compiled against a powerhouse Western Australia.

With two triple figure scores and a trio of half-centuries from just 11 First-Class appearances, Drew averages 44.94 and will look to take his game to an even higher level in 2023/24.

Stepping in as skipper faultlessly at the tail end of last season, veteran Jake Lehmann has put pen to paper on a new deal and is set to add to his 120 state appearances.

Fellow experienced campaigner Harry Nielsen has also extended his contract, with the gloveman remaining in his home state for a further two seasons.

Announced last Friday, the Redbacks squad for the 2023/24 summer welcomes back local top-order talent in Kelvin Smith, as well as exciting prospect Jake Fraser-McGurk from Victoria.

After the announcement, West End Redbacks Head Coach Jason Gillespie spoke about the two acquisitions.

“Kelvin’s a great story – having got exposure at a young age and lost that opportunity but continued to score runs a Premier level,” Gillespie said.

“He's been rewarded with his Premier Cricket performances, Second XI and now he’s got a contract and I think we should all celebrate that as a fantastic cricket story.

“There's a talented cricketer there with Jake, a fine young batsman and an absolute jet in the field.

“Hopefully he brings that energy to South Australia and we're really excited to afforded him an opportunity.

“We certainly believe he's got the skills to play a significant role for South Australia.”

Rookie contacted players have been reduced from six to four and Kyle Brazell, Aidan Cahill, Isaac Higgins and Harry Matthias have retained their rookie contracts for the coming summer.

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