Former Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson has been re-signed by Sydney Thunder for two more years of Big Bash league. Earlier this week, Watson had signed a new deal with with the franchise.
In the month of May, Watson had sent a timely reminder after he struck his fourth IPL century in the final of IPL 2018 for Chennai Super Kings against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 37-year old cricketer is interested to play for the franchise and even find young talent in the team.
"It's exciting to be able to get a few more years with the Thunder," said Watson. "It was nice to be able to contribute last season as well as throughout the PSL (Pakistan Super League) and IPL.
"Part of Sydney Thunder is developing the next generation of Australian cricketers. We've got a lot of young talent, and the squad will be younger next season.
"The beauty of playing (NSW Premier Cricket) means I can continue to help out and get to know the guys before the week leading into the first game."
On Friday, Thunder even announced they have poached Daniel Sams after he performed really well in the previous edition of BBL for Sydney Sixers.
When asked about the same, Sams told "The Thunder Academy was really enjoyable and I took a few new things away from it. It was really valuable for me," said Sams.
"I've gained a lot of confidence.
"I'm looking forward to getting back out there and being successful, hopefully getting Thunder to the finals and winning a trophy."
"He's a great signing," former Kiwi quick and new Thunder coach Shane Bond said of Sams.
"I first saw him when he came out and played for Canterbury. They spoke really highly of him there, not just with the ball but with the bat after he scored a lot of runs. "He's a good all-round talent and that is a real bonus for us." Shane Bond concluded.
(Inputs from Cricket Australia)