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Michael Klinger has left South Australia to represent Western Australia in the next Sheffield Shield season following the retirement of Marcus North.
It has been confirmed that Klinger will sign a two-year deal with Western Australia, which is a major relief for head coach Justin Langer, who has been frantically searching for a suitable replacement for North.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity the Western Warriors have given me,” Klinger said. “I am looking forward to working with Justin and the coaching staff as well as joining the senior players in helping to guide this very exciting young group of talented cricketers to achieve success.
“It’s sad to leave my teammates in South Australia, many of whom I have forged life long friendships with, but I am excited for what the future holds in WA. My wife and two young children along with myself are looking forward to calling Perth home.”
Speaking about Klinger’s departure, South Australia high performance manager Jamie Cox said: “It is obviously sad to lose someone of Michael Klinger’s quality, and a player who has given a great deal to South Australian cricket. Michael had a one-year deal remaining here in South Australia, but the Warriors were able to offer him a longer-term contract.
“We understand Michael’s desire for contract security, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”