Former Ireland Captain Trent Johnston has been named as the new coach of New South Wales. Johnston, who has been with NSW for the past 9 months as the assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss, has now been handed with the job after Bayliss was appointed to lead England.
Johnston represented Ireland in the world cups of 2007 and 2011 and was a great player for Ireland. He also is a former New South Wales player and made his first class debut in March 1999 and retired in December 2013 after which he went into the coaching line, initially being appointed as the head coach of Ireland Women’s team.
“The NSW way is to back young talent and we are delighted to offer Trent the opportunity to lead the NSW Blues,” Cricket New South Wales chief executive Andrew Jones said. “I am confident he will be an outstanding success.”
“Trent is an emerging coach who has performed as a NSW assistant coach and a head coach at the youth, club and inter-provincial level both here and overseas. He is past Blues player with substantial playing and leadership experience and he has formed strong relationships and established credibility with our players since returning to Cricket NSW.”
He knows the club very well and is excited being handed over the highest job due to departure of Trevor Bayliss.
“The NSW Blues are about producing Australian players and winning national titles,” Johnston said. “We have a very talented squad ranging from experienced international players to rookies who are at the start of their professional careers. I look forward to helping all of them to achieve our team goals, as well as their personal ones.”
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am ready to take this next step in my career. I am passionate about cricket, I am passionate about coaching and I am passionate about NSW.”
Cricket NSW is still searching for a coach for Sydney Sixers whose name is expected to be announced in August.
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