McDermott in, Lynn out for Queensland

Paceman returns from cricket's wilderness as Brisbane Heat skipper is overlooked for a state contract

Cricket Network

15 May 2019, 11:00 AM AEST

Fast bowler Alister McDermott has ended a three-year absence to return to the Queensland Bulls contracted player list with the announcement today of the 2019-20 squad, while Brisbane Heat superstar Chris Lynn has not received a contract.

McDermott is the only newcomer to earn a full state contact while Australian Under-19 batsman Corey Hunter and Heat rookie left-arm paceman Matthew Willans are new faces in the Rookie contracted list.

Batsman Max Bryant and left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann received full contracts for the first time after starting last season on rookie deals.

There were three players from last year's list who were not contracted, with paceman Luke Feldman announcing his retirement and Peter George and Sam Truloff not offered new deals.

Lynn was a late addition to the contract list last year, with the T20 star returning to Bulls colours in the JLT One-Day Cup for the first time in five years.

He finished as the tournament's leading run-scorer, hitting 452 runs at 75.33, including two centuries, and coach Wade Seccombe confirmed he remained an important part of Queensland's plans.

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"Chris is very much in our thinking for our one-day set-up in light of his performances last summer and we will work closely with him in the lead-up to the season once again,'' he said.

McDermott, a player and the club coach with Premier Grade club Wynnum-Manly, played three Toyota Futures League games for the Queensland Academy of Sport 2nd XI, with a best of 5-46 against WA in November.

Now 27, the right-arm quick made his debut for Queensland as a 17-year-old, playing a T20 Big Bash match against Victoria while still at school, before making his domestic one-day and first class debuts the following season.

He was a member of championship Queensland teams in 2012-13 (Shield) and 2013-14 (one-day) as well as playing in the Brisbane Heat's BBL|02 championship team and being a member of the Sydney Thunder's title-winning squad in 2016-17. He has represented Australia ‘A' and toured the UAE in 2012 with Australia's ODI and T20 squads without debuting in either format against Pakistan.

As well as coaching, he is completing a Bachelor of Education degree.

"Ali has worked exceptionally hard to get to this point and he brings that determination and composure to the squad," Seccombe said.

"We're very pleased to have him resume with us after a few years away. He has used Premier Cricket and the 2nd XI competition to demonstrate his skills as well as challenging himself through taking on coaching duties with his club.

"We're also excited to bring two of our Australian U-19 players in Corey Hunter and Matthew Willans onto the Rookie list. It's great they have been able to follow the talent development pathway with Queensland, and we're confident they can take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity."

2019-20 Queensland Bulls Squad

Cricket Australia Contracted Player: Usman Khawaja (Valley)

State Contracts: Xavier Bartlett (Gold Coast), Max Bryant (Gold Coast), Joe Burns (Norths), Brendan Doggett (Wests), Cameron Gannon (Norths), Sam Heazlett Redlands), Charlie Hemphrey (Sandgate-Redcliffe), Matt Kuhnemann (Gold Coast), Marnus Labuschagne (Redlands), Alister McDermott (Wynnum-Manly), Michael Neser (Gold Coast), James Peirson (Redlands), Lachlan Pfeffer (Valley), Jack Prestwidge (Norths), Matt Renshaw (Toombul), Billy Stanlake (Souths), Mark Steketee (Valley), Mitch Swepson (Sandgate-Redcliffe), Jack Wildermuth (Valley)

Rookie Contracts: Blake Edwards (Wests), Corey Hunter (Wynnum-Manly), Nathan McSweeney (Norths), Bryce Street (Sandgate-Redcliffe), Connor Sully (Norths), Matthew Willans (University of Qld)

IN: Alister McDermott, Corey Hunter (rookie), Matthew Willans (rookie).

OUT: Luke Feldman (retired) Peter George, Sam Truloff, Chris Lynn.