Michael Klinger signs for Western Warriors

The Western Warriors have announced the signing of respected former South Australian captain Michael Klinger.

testerKlinger was released from the final year of his contract with the Redbacks in order to pursue a more long-term future in Western Australia, where he will now be based until at least the end of the 2015-16 season.

An opportunity in the WA line-up arose for the 33-year-old following the retirement of senior Warriors batsman Marcus North, with South Australia offering its support and best wishes to Klinger in his move.

Klinger, currently in the UK captaining county side Gloucestershire, said it was sad to bid farewell to his Redbacks teammates, but that he was looking forward to helping guide the youthful Warriors.

“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 you children along with myself are looking forward to calling Perth home.”

Klinger, who was named State Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, has been a standout player of the past five years with South Australia, claiming the state’s top honour - the Neil Dansie Medal - three times, while captaining the side to the 2010-11 Big Bash and 2011-12 Ryobi One Day Cup titles.

The batsman accrued 568 runs at 37.86 in Shield cricket this year, with two centuries that included a dominating knock of 213 against Victoria in February.

WACA General Manager of Cricket Operations Ben Oliver said Klinger’s experience was an important addition to the WA outfit.

“Marcus North’s recent retirement created a gap in top-order batting experience and we feel Michael is the perfect person to fill this gap,” Oliver said. “He is a seasoned performer at first-class level and is highly regarded both on and off the field.

“His experience and leadership will be invaluable for the Western Warriors as our younger players develop and as we continue to build a strong and successful culture in WA cricket.”

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