Glamorgan to open contract talks with star bowler Michael Hogan
GLAMORGAN hope to open contract extension talks with their Australian fast bowler Michael Hogan this week.
Hogan has enjoyed a successful first season with the Welsh county, and he passed 50 first-class wickets for the summer in the LV= County Championship clash against Leicestershire at St Helen's yesterday.
The 32-year-old has one more year left on his current deal and, because he holds a British passport, the West Australian qualifies for Glamorgan as a domestic player.
Hogan received a boost this week when Cricket Australia overturned a ruling which had previously stopped cricketers from playing domestically in both Australia and Britain.
But the relaxing of that rule means Hogan can now represent Western Australia as well as Glamorgan, and the Welsh county's chief executive is eager for the seamer to stay beyond 2014.
"I am keen to meet Michael this week and have a chat about tying him down for a longer period," said Hamer.
"This is good news for Glamorgan and Michael as long as he is not overplayed. It will be up to him whether he plays for Western Australia.
"He made a very big decision to give up playing cricket in Australia to come here. That was a major choice for him and we are delighted he did because he has been excellent for us."
Cricket Australia's new rule could also pave the way for Glamorgan to sign former opener Mark Cosgrove, who also holds a British passport but has previously represented the Welsh county as an overseas player.
"There are not many players with a British passport and Mark Cosgrove is one of the more high profile ones," Hamer added.
"Mark has been mentioned following this new ruling and this is something that we will consider.
"We have said in the past we would have liked him to use play for us as a domestic player so we know his qualities."
The new ruling could prove to be particularly important if Glamorgan only sign one overseas player to replace Marcus North, who returns to Australia after Monday's YB40 game with Yorkshire.
Counties can recruit a second overseas player for Twenty20, but the competition's new schedule next summer — running over a longer period and mainly on Friday nights — could have an impact on the recruitment of overseas players.