'Gades sign Gannon to cover Winter

Giant quick heads to Melbourne as an injury replacement for Nick Winter

A week out from their opening match of the KFC Big Bash League season, the Melbourne Renegades have been forced to make a change to their fast bowling ranks.

With left-arm seam bowler Nick Winter is expected to miss most of BBL|05 with a side strain the Renegades have drafted in towering quick Cameron Gannon.

Gannon, who stands at a dizzying 199cm tall, was the BBL|03 leading wicket-taker for the Brisbane Heat and is thrilled to be playing in the sporting capital of the country.

"It’s obviously disappointing for Nick to miss out but I wish him the best in his recovery. I’m very excited to get a chance to come down to Melbourne and play this season," Gannon said.

"The sporting passion in Melbourne goes without saying and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the boys and getting a feel for Etihad Stadium.

"The club has record membership this season and I can’t wait to get out in front of all those fans in red."

Gannon joins James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Rimmington and Chris Tremain to complete the 'Gades pace battery this summer.

"It’s disappointing to lose Nick who had a positive first year for the Renegades but I look forward to him making a full recovery," Renegades coach David Saker said.

"Cameron has had success in the BBL before and found a place for himself as a good tight bowler at the death.

"That role will be important for us this season and we look forward to having him on board."

The Renegades begin their campaign against Gannon's old club Brisbane at the Gabba on December 19.