Veteran Adelaide Strikers batsman Brad Hodge has expressed interest in a move to Hobart Hurricanes to take on a potential player-coach role in next season's KFC Big Bash.
Hodge, who took newly-formed Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions to the semi-finals last year and also mentored the CA XI during last summer's Matador One-Day Cup, has plied his trade for the past few seasons at the Strikers in the dual role of batsman and assistant coach.
And with the Hurricanes looking to fill the head coach position left vacant by Damien Wright, Hodge - who has played his last match at Adelaide - has thrown his hat in the ring.
"Of course I would be interested," he told the Hobart Mercury. "It would be a marvellous thing to be involved in if I was given the opportunity.
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"For me, any opportunity to be involved with Big Bash is exciting.
"I know I certainly enjoy playing down in Hobart and it is always good fun. It is a great ground."
Hodge, who at 42 continues to mix it with the best in the Big Bash – his 286 runs in BBL|06 placed him seventh on the top-scorers list – will have to impress his former Australia teammate Ricky Ponting if he wants the role, with the Tasmanian legend on board to help the Hurricanes select the best possible candidate.
The Hobart franchise has disappointed in recent editions of the BBL, finishing seventh in the past two seasons and fifth in BBL|04 after reaching the final the season prior.
Speaking with cricket.com.au last month, Ponting singled out Hodge's form as having been "very good" throughout BBL|06, and the pair has a history together as Test and ODI teammates.
Hodge said he felt well-equipped to handle the dual responsibilities of playing and coaching.
"I've been doing it for a fair amount of time anyway, being an assistant to (Strikers head coaches) Darren Berry and Jason (Gillespie) and also playing," he said.
"I think it is certainly a role you can do, for sure.
"I felt like I really had a strong contribution to the team in Adelaide (with the bat) but I won't be playing there again this year.
"It is weighing up the future and seeing what options are out there.
"For me there is no rush. I know Ricky was down there last week going through a few things with the review and I guess all that sort of stuff takes a bit of time."