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"I'm here to win a Shield": Gannon

WA Men's Cricket Team recruit Cameron Gannon says his move West was driven by the goal of winning a drought breaking Sheffield Shield with the state.

The 31 year old signed a multi-year deal with the WACA to strengthen the already rich fast bowling stocks in WA cricket, coming off a dominant season with Queensland where he was crowned the leading wicket taker in the Sheffield Shield competition.

Gannon told Sports Drive on Tuesday team success was a key reason for his move.

"I've always admired the way WA go about their cricket," he said.

"The players they have got are great. The opportunity to get out there and win a Shield now, with the quality players we do have, that was a huge part of it."

Having taken more than 100 first class wickets in his time with Queensland, Gannon felt it was time for a change after a decade in the Bulls ranks.

"There comes a time where you have to do the best thing for yourself and your family, and that's definitely what we've done here," he said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for us, and I can't wait to get in to it."

Gannon felt he added significant depth and experience to the WA set up.

"I like to think I'm a really bankable bowler in that you know what you're going to get from me. I'm going to ask questions, I'm going to swing the ball. I'm going to do it for long periods," he said.

"I'm not like a Jhye Richardson who's going to bowl thunderbolts. I'm not really going to blast anyone out. It's probably more of a considered approach.

" I absolutely love the game. I love fielding, I love being out there. The thing I hope people take away from watching me play is that I enjoy playing cricket and that I love what I do."

The beanpole quick said he wasnt sure why WA had struggled in the Sheffield Shield competition in recent years, with such a talented squad at coach Adam Voges disposal.

However he was confident that was about to change.

"Western Australia have won a lot of one day tournaments, the Scorchers BBL success has been unbelievable. So the winning culture is there, it's just about applying that to the four day game," Gannon said.

"I don't see why it can't happen now and then for an extended period in to the future. They can go on a tear like Queensland did in the 90's. That's the kind of group that's here.

"That opportunity is really there, and I'm ecstatic to be a part of that. Hopefully I can help bring that about."

Gannon was one of three new players to receive a new senior contract with the men's squad, with fast bowler Lance Morris and leg spinner Liam O'Connor being upgraded to full deals.

IMAGE: Cricket Australia.


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