Western Australia have lured Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tom Triffitt across the Nullarbor ahead of the 2012/13 domestic season.
The 21-year-old's signing will cover the loss of departing gloveman Luke Ronchi, who told the Warriors in February he was heading to his native New Zealand to pursue a spot in the Black Caps side.
Triffitt has been a member of the Tasmania's rookie list and senior squad for the past three years, playing 10 first class and eight one-day matches for the Tigers in the absence of first-choice skipper Tim Paine.
Triffitt, who's agreed to a two-year deal, says the opportunity to push for a regular berth with the Warriors was too good to pass up.
"I will always be grateful for the chance that Tasmania gave me to play at interstate level in the last three years, but with Tim Paine coming back from injury I have had the opportunity to move west," he said.
"It is sad to leave my home state but I can't wait to get over to Perth. I have a few friends in the Warriors such as Mitch Marsh, Tom Beaton and Travis Birt, who I all played with, and I also look forward to getting to know the other guys in the squad and hopefully enjoy some success."
Warriors coach Lachlan Stevens says Triffitt brings a great deal of experience despite his youth.
"Tom has been part of a really successful program in Tasmania and has played in two Sheffield Shield finals, so not only does he bring youthful exuberance, he also brings big game knowledge and we know that will help our group," he said.
"He was one of the successes of the Australian team that won the Under 19 World Cup, and we are starting to assemble a few of those key players in our squad. That core group of young talent will complement the experienced personnel we have.
"We see Tom adding a bit of assuredness to our middle and lower order. We weren't as dominant at six and seven as we wanted to be last season, and there was a burden left to eight and nine. Hopefully Tom will help to ease that.
"It is exciting to have three young wicket-keepers on board with Tom joining Sam Whiteman and Cameron Bancroft. All three have a role to play and it should create healthy competition within the group, which can only be a positive for Western Australia."
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First Posted 02 July, 2012 2:32PM AEST