Matt Short will spend the winter playing cricket in England after being part of Victoria's Sheffield Shield title victory.
Short from Ballarat will have his first season as an overseas club professional in Essex - a new challenge he is eager to take up on the back of his success with Victoria.
The middle order batsman made two solid contributions as Victoria defeated New South Wales outright inside four days at the Junction Oval on Sunday.
Short made 34 in the first innings and 26 in the second.
Most significantly, Short shared an 80-run stand with man of the match Marcus Harris and 56 with Cameron White in a contest largely dominated by the ball.
Short, 23, said winning in his first appearance in a Sheffield Shield final had been enormous.
"It's a huge thrill. I'm loving it."
He said having the experience standing in slips alongside a player the magnitude of Cameron White while a Test-like bowling featuring Peter Siddle and James Pattinson plied their trade was unbelievable.
Short said with the Duke ball providing plenty of challenges for batsmen - only three reached 50 - partnerships had a been a key to getting the win in a tense battle.
He said it was only when Victoria needed the last two or three wickets to wrap up the final that he began to relax a little.
Short said his main objective this season had been to be more consistent - an aim he was satisfied he had achieved, playing in all but one of Victoria's Sheffield Shield games.