One of Australia’s most decorated bowlers is set for a switch of state allegiances, with four-time international bowler of the year Aron Sherriff signing for Club Helensvale on the Gold Coast.
The 32-year-old made over 200 appearances for NSW club Ettalong and has always represented the state in his career spanning over 20 years in the sport, citing timing and his young family as the catalysts for his move north.
“It’s something that I’ve spoken to my wife Amanda about [for a while]… Gold Coast is such an amazing place to bring the kids up and something we’ve been thinking about doing for a couple of years now,” he said.
“It’s probably a little earlier than expected but the opportunity arose at Helensvale and being able to play with three of my great mates in Cas (Mark Casey), Whiz (Brett Wilkie) and Lurch (Nathan Rice) was obviously a massive selling point.”
The move was made easier on both a family and professional front, with Sherriff’s two children at a stage to handle the disruption of switching states, while to be based at Helensvale in the lead-in to next year’s Commonwealth Games is sure to be a positive factor.
“It was just perfect timing I guess,” he said.
“With selections pending (for 2018 Commonwealth Games), it’s worked out perfect. For me it’s a fresh start, a new beginning and a new state.”
“My daughter Zoe has just turned 7 so it was probably a good time to get up there now schooling wise… If we had held on a couple more years it might have been a little more difficult.”
With the move north comes a change of state allegiance, with the passionate New South Welshman set to don the maroon of arch-rivals Queensland, a proposition he admits is yet to fully sink in.
“I’m a passionate New South Welshman, born and bred. I’ve following the Blues in State of Origin and have played a couple hundred games for NSW,” he said.
“It’s going to be pretty difficult and maybe a bit emotional when I come up against my NSW mates but that’s just something that comes with the territory.”
Sherriff will be targeting his third Commonwealth Games next year, collecting Bronze in the Singles in his last outing in Glasgow 2014.