GEELONG LURES FORMER ADELAIDE STRIKERS BATSMAN TIM LUDEMAN TO KARDINIA PARK
ALEX OATES, Geelong Advertiser
June 9, 2017 3:00pm
GEELONG Cricket Club has pulled off a recruiting coup, landing the prized signature of Tim Ludeman.
Ludeman, a hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman who was recently discarded by South Australia and Adelaide Strikers, has penned a two-year contract with the Cats.
The 29-year-old will return to his native state of Victoria next month after more than seven years with the South Australian Cricket Association.
Hailing from Warrnambool, Ludeman is a product of the Western Waves program and is returning to Victoria with wife Lori.
He has played 47 first-class matches and 41 T20s at state level, bringing a wealth of high-end class and experience.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Victoria ... I’m very excited, to be honest,” Ludeman said.
“I can’t wait. I’ve been in Adelaide for the last nine years and unfortunately I missed out on a contract, so I was pretty keen to get back home.
“Geelong’s a great little town and similar to Warrnambool in a lot of ways, so it’s a good move. I’m going to be living in Geelong, so ideally I wanted to play for Geelong and it’s all managed to work out, which is great.”
Cats coach Andre Borovec said the club was thrilled to lure Ludeman to Kardinia Park.
“It’s really exciting,” Cats coach Andre Borovec said.
“It’s a massive coup and he gives us much more than just pure talent. While he hasn’t arrived at the club yet, we’d expect him to be a role model who is a good communicator, good leader and good performer.
“Putting myself in the shoes of our younger players, the more we can have a player of Tim’s calibre around the group, the better.
“And we don’t just got out and recruit a player for the sake of it, we recruit the right person along with the skills that are required and we’re hoping he’s the full package.”
Not offered a contract by SACA in April, Ludeman will attempt to revive his career in Victoria.
He hopes to land a contract in the Big Bash League over the summer and will work as a specialist coach with the Victorian Bushrangers, where he intends to state his case for a berth in the squad.
It means his game time could be limited at Kardinia Park.
“While we’re not sure what the playing element looks like given he’s a professional cricketer and he wants to play the highest level possible, we believe he will bring another level of professionalism on and off the field,” Borovec said.
“Given the landscape has changed with wicketkeepers at Victoria, and his desire to play in the Big Bash League, we have to be prepared that we might see him at times during the season.
“A lot of it could hinge on Sam Harper’s situation at Victoria but at the very least Tim is trying to create some healthy competition for a spot and our job will be to provide him with an opportunity to do that with us.”
Borovec said Ludeman would help the club lure the region’s top talent.
“Thinking bigger picture, he’s going to be living in Geelong, he’s going to be a Geelong person and he’s a great export of Warrnambool and we have a number of Warrnambool boys in our squad and we’re looking for a number more in the future,” Borovec said.
“He’s a great ambassador in the western region, so there’s more than this than just the playing side and we’re also there to benefit Tim with a professional training environment so he can continue his first-class career.”