Cross coun­try jour­ney

BATS­MAN AT­TRACTED BY WEST CUL­TURE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - El­liot Raiter

Jonathan Wells says it was the cul­ture of suc­cess and the pull of the WACA that made him leave his home­town to join Perth Cricket Club.

A CUL­TURE of suc­cess and the pull of the WACA were enough for Tas­ma­nian Jonathan Wells to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to leave the sup­port net­work of his fam­ily and friends and head west in search of his crick­et­ing dreams.

The mid­dle-or­der bats­man strug­gled to break into the Tas­ma­nia bat­ting line-up last year and while his form for the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes was never ques­tioned, ul­ti­mately he was told to move on.

Wells de­scribed the choice to move to WA to play for Perth cricket club to res­ur­rect his ca­reer as quite a “big de­ci­sion” and one that had made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on his life.

“It re­ally is a long way from Ho- bart and I had to sac­ri­fice a fair bit com­ing over. Ob­vi­ously not hav­ing a con­tract and to leave my wife, fam­ily and friends, it was pretty tough,” he said.

“There def­i­nitely have been hard times to be­gin with, but over­all I have en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence thus far.”

It was coach­ing staff, cul­ture and suc­cess of the Western War­riors that were the main rea­sons for choos­ing to con­tinue his ca­reer in Perth, where he joined former Tas­ma­nian cricketer and State men’s as­sis­tant coach Adam Grif­fith.

“I am very keen to do some work with Justin Langer and Ge­off Marsh; to work along­side them and im­prove my­self as a bat, was a ma­jor rea­son,” he said.

“As an out­sider look­ing in, the cul­ture they have around the squad was ex­tremely ap­peal­ing and some­thing I wanted to be a part of and be around.

“The suc­cess they have been hav­ing over the last cou­ple of years was im­por­tant, ob­vi­ously with win­ning the one-day tour­na­ment and mak­ing the Shield fi­nal. Even with the Scorchers, that core group has had a lot of suc­cess.”

Wells has been en­joy­ing a strong start to the pre­mier cricket sea­son play­ing for Perth, open­ing the sea­son im­pres­sively with 125 against Wan­neroo re­cently.

“Perth have been very good to me; the club has such a great bunch of peo­ple and they have made it very easy for me to feel com­fort­able,” he said.

“We are strong and I would ex­pect us to be pretty com­pet­i­tive this year and hope­fully play a bit of fi­nals.

“Even give our­selves the chance of tak­ing some sil­ver­ware away would be nice. ”

Jonathan Wells is happy with his move.

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