Lynn passes on Queensland contract

Six-hitting sensation frees up squad space on Bulls 2017-18 contract list while he continues to recover from shoulder surgery

Chris Lynn has not been included on the Queensland Bulls contract list for this summer as the star batsman continues to recover from shoulder surgery. understands the decision was made with Lynn's input and approval and the Bulls say the 27-year-old will be in the frame for selection when he returns from injury next year.

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A dedicated team man, Lynn has backed himself to earn an upgraded contract through appearances once he recovers from the shoulder issue, an approach that allowed the Bulls to take a full roster into the start of the campaign with Lynn expected to be sidelined for much of the summer. 

"While Brisbane Heat contracted player Lynn was not offered a Bulls contract, he will be considered for selection like any other player once he returns from the shoulder injury that currently has him sidelined until early next year," the Bulls said in a statement.

Lynn went under the knife last month in a bid to finally overcome the shoulder problems that have plagued him in recent years. His rehabilitation from surgery will rule him out for at least the first half of the Australian summer and also puts his participation in the KFC Big Bash League this season in doubt.

Lynn hasn't played one-day cricket for the Bulls since 2013 and played just one Sheffield Shield match last season and five the previous summer.

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Speaking to News Corp earlier this month, Lynn said his decision to have surgery was made with an eye on the longer term in a bid to put the shoulder worries behind him.

"Longevity was why I took that option to have the operation," he said. "It's a short-term loss for a long-term gain.

"They (career ending) are words you don't want to hear but they are down that path.

"I've got to be more cautious and have more smarts about how I go about things.

"I am zero or 100 but there are times I have to reel it back and get another 10 years out of my career. We'll see how smart I am in the next 12 months."

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Fast bowler Brendan Doggett and batsman Sam Truloff are among the new names on the Bulls list, with Doggett the first Indigenous male to receive a full Queensland contract. Seventeen-year-old Indigenous allrounder Carly Fuller has also broken new ground having been given a full contract with the Queensland Fire.

The other new face in the Bulls squad is wicketkeeper-batsman Lachlan Pfeffer, who replaces retired gloveman Chris Hartley. Veteran batsman Nathan Reardon has also been left off the contract list from last season.

Usman Khawaja, one of three Bulls with a Cricket Australia contract along with Matthew Renshaw and Billy Stanlake, will captain the state this summer.

In addition to the signing of Fuller, the Fire have confirmed Kirby Short has taken over as captain for this season having taken the reins from allrounder Delissa Kimmince during last season.

MyFootdr Queensland Bulls Squad

CA contracted players: Usman Khawaja, Billy Stanlake, Matt Renshaw

Full contracts: James Bazley, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Luke Feldman, Peter Forrest, Jason Floros, Cameron Gannon, Peter George, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Lachlan Pfeffer, James Peirson, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson, Sam Truloff, Jack Wildermuth (Valley)

Rookie contracts: Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Jack Prestwidge, Bryce Street, Harry Wood

Konica Minolta Queensland Fire

CA contracted players: Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen

Full contracts: Kirby Short (c), Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Tess Cooper, Josey Dooley, Holly Ferling, Carly Fuller, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Courtney Hill, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Kara Sutherland