Hind heads to new home as player-coach

NEW Ballarat-Redan captain-coach Bobby Hind is looking forward to a “fresh start” after a massive off-season transfer within the Ballarat Cricket Association.

Bobby Hind

Bobby Hind

Hind, who was last month replaced as coach of North Ballarat by Jason Crosbie, has agreed to terms with the Combine, where he will play in 2014-15.

The BCA’s Melbourne Country Week skipper told The Courier it was an exciting move.

“One door closes, another one opens. That’s how it works. (North) made a decision at the board level and I accept that and I wish them all the best but, at the end of the day, I’m happy to move on to Ballarat-Redan where there is a new start.

“A change is like a holiday. I’m really impressed with the club and I think it’s going to be a positive move for me and the club in the future.”

Hind said he was looking forward to working with the Combine’s young crop of talent.

“Hopefully we can get ourselves up to being that finals contender in the next couple of years,” he said.

Hind is a boom signing for the Two Swords, which managed just three wins last season. The 29-year-old batsman made over 400 runs in the A-grade competition last campaign.

Ballarat-Redan president Paul Aikman said the club had chased Hind after learning he was no longer coach of the Roosters.

“We rate him as a player and we think he’ll put our club in the right direction,” Aikman said.

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