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Stoinis goes west to join Warriors

Allrounder's move to Western Australia confirmed as the Warriors reveal their state contract list for 2017-18

The Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors have confirmed Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis will return home with the state announcing their contract list for 2017-18.

The Warriors are set to have an abundance of allrounders at their disposal with Stoinis named in an extended squad featuring the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Turner.

The contract list, labelled as "amazing" on paper by coach Justin Langer, also features an enviable collection of fast bowlers with the likes of Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye all in the frame for national selection.

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Agar, Cartwright and Marsh have all received national contracts while Australia Under-19 allrounder Matthew Spoors has been handed a rookie contract for the first time.

Exciting young quick Cameron Green, allrounder D'Arcy Short and wicketkeeper Josh Inglis have all been upgraded from a rookie deals to a full contracts.

Stoinis was part of the Bushrangers XI which won the Shield final in 2015-16 // Getty
Stoinis was part of the Bushrangers XI which won the Shield final in 2015-16 // Getty

Contract holders from last season Ryan Duffield, Josh Nicholas and Liam O'Connor haven't been retained, while former Test batsman and Warriors captain Adam Voges retired at the end of last season. Nathan Rimmington has also returned to his home state of Queensland.

"We're thrilled to have Marcus (Stoinis) coming home to West Australia, not only because he's an extremely talented player but he's a great character as well," Langer said.

"Young Matt Spoors is an exciting young talent. I love his dancing feet; a lot of kids these days have really slow footwork, but Matt's got really fast batting feet.

"Twelve players have been Australian representatives and that's a great tribute to the program we're running here at the WACA.

"On paper, this side looks amazing, but it's how we gel on the field that counts."

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A former Australia Under-19 representative, Stoinis played three Sheffield Shield games for WA before moving across to Victoria in 2011 in search of further opportunity.

The strapping right-hander played made his Victoria debut in 2013 and was a regular fixture for the Bushrangers for the following three seasons, and made his international debut in a 2015 T20 International against England in Cardiff.

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He was called up to Australia's Test squad on their tour of India earlier this year after Marsh suffered a shoulder injury.

In February, Stoinis recorded his finest performance in national colours, an astonishing unbeaten 146 against New Zealand at Eden Park in just his second career ODI.

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The Western Fury, the state's women's domestic side, has also named their 15-player contract list for the National Women's Cricket League with Sheldyn Cooper and Amy Edgar the only new additions, while Emma Biss has lost her contract.

The Fury possess two internationals in the set-up, with Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton both retaining their Australian contracts for 2017-18.

Western Australia Warriors contract list:

Full contracts: Ashton Agar*, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, William Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright*, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Cameron Green, Joshua Inglis, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh*Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Jonathan Wells, Sam Whiteman.

Rookies: Alex Bevilaqua, Jake Carder, Kyle Gardiner, Clint Hinchliffe, Matthew Kelly, Matthew Spoors.

Western Fury contract list:

Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton*, Melissa Cameron, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sheldyn Cooper, Bhavisha Devchand, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Katie Jane Hartshorn, Emma King, Tanaele Peschel,  Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith, Elyse Villani*.

*denotes national contract