TIM LUDEMAN’S CRICKET CAREER IN LIMBO AS GEELONG PREPARES TO STRIKE
ALEX OATES, Geelong Advertiser
May 18, 2017 7:00am
DISCARDED South Australian wicketkeeper batsman Tim Ludeman is a chance to move to Geelong as he bids to reinvigorate his career at Victoria.
Ludeman, cut by the Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers at the end of the summer, is in talks with the Cats about a potential move to Victorian Premier Cricket.
Ludeman’s fate could all hinge on a first-class cricket lifeline from the Bushrangers, who hope to lure a keeper to replace Australian gloveman Matthew Wade following his return to his native state of Tasmania.
“We’re just waiting,” Geelong coach Andre Borovec said.
“We’ve certainly approached him, but we don’t have an answer yet. He’s coming to Victoria and he hasn’t been offered a SACA contract.
“That means his cricket career will be in Victoria, as to how it looks, that needs to play out. We’re hoping to be there for him regardless, contract or not.
“He’s also finished at the Strikers, so it could go a number of different ways for him. We want to be that place for him if he’s not playing (first-class) cricket. That’s the ideal scenario because we still want him to be a professional cricketer.”
Borovec revealed the club was in constant dialogue with the Warrnambool export, who has made 1658 run in 47 first class matches.
“We’ve certainly put a case forward,” he said.
“I know him, so I’ve spoken to him regularly and it’s been a bit more formal recently.
“It’s hard (to know if we’re close to gaining his services) because the one thing we haven’t done it put pressure on him.
“It’s a big part of his life and it’s a difficult time for an athlete when you’re talking about contracts and your career and the last thing we want to do is add any extra pressure.
“We’re confident we’ve given him the information he needs. As for a hunch, it’s always hard but we’re quietly confident.”
The Cats, who finished 15th last season, has no confirmed outs and is hopeful of retaining Englishman Mark Pettini, who played a handful of matches.
“Like anything at this time of year, we’re gaging interest and stacking up the tiles with our list,” Borovec said.
“We plan to have an influx of Dowling Shield players from the Rockets, Western Waves and Central Highlands — they are the sorts of players that we’re talking to at the moment — and with those guys you’ve got the football aspect to consider because they are combining sports.
“A few of these boys are trialling for the Vic under-17 team as well and that squad will be announced soon.
“So the message is youth. We’re looking for a couple of higher end targets, and Tim is one of those, and the in the next few weeks hopefully more will become clear.
“The side of it is we’re confident with the young group of players we’ve got. It’s going to be another winter of development for those players and the average age of our first XI was under 23 and it make sense to invest into the development of our players.”