With a finalised contracted squad and confidence stemming from their Sunfoil Series trophy win at the end of the 2014/15 season, Chief Executive Greg Fredericks predicts good things for the franchise.
“The past season saw great achievements but also provided insight into what the franchise could use and improve on to gain the competitive edge that all teams are after. Our contracted squad are a group of individuals set on achieving success both as a unit and as individuals. I am confident that we will be able to continue on the high note from last season with a team that is fully committed to our goal of being the best franchise team in this country and beyond. We will continue to work harder and smarter. We have full confidence that Geoff and his management team will put in the effort and hours to take us forward,” Fredericks commented.
Head Coach, Geoffrey Toyana, acknowledges that this will be a true test of the group of players representing the franchise in the coming season and feels the unit will be better prepared for selection challenges. “We faced some unique circumstances relating to injuries and national selection. If there is one lesson that we have learnt in the past season, it is to ensure that we have players that are good enough to step up when they are needed if we are to continue delivering more trophies.”
“I am happy with the young players like Bjorn Fortuin, Eddie Leie and Kagiso Rabada that have made their mark for us. This shows that Gauteng Cricket and North West have invested a lot in players starting from grassroots cricket and I am happy to say that we are able to find the depth we need within our own ranks.”
The franchise is not only optimistic about their performance on the field in the coming season but look forward to sharing news about their commercial portfolio soon. “The off-season period has been a busy one for us and we hope to bring the game closer to our fans and supporters around the world come September,” Fredericks added.
The 2015/16 contracted squad are as follows:
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