RyanMcLaren joins the Dolphins

2014-03-14 00:00

IT’S been confirmed that Knights and Protea all-rounder Ryan McLaren (31) will join the Dolphins from May 1 this year.

Having represented the Proteas in all formats of the game and being a Cricket South Africa contracted player, McLaren can choose where he wishes to play his domestic cricket and he has decided to head for the coast.

“I have been with the Knights for 10 years and am keen for a change of environment,” he said. “With a new challenge and new opportunity, I hope the move will bring a positive change to my cricket career.”

McLaren’s signing follows former Knight’s stalwart Morné van Wyk’s move to the Dolphins last season, a signing that has reaped dividends as he led the team to the domestic T20 title.

His leadership and experience have been highlighted as key elements in the Dolphins’ revival and adding McLaren to the ranks should have the same effect.

“He is one of the premier all-rounders in the country and his coming to the Dolphins is beneficial to the team and the fans,” said Dolphins coach Lance Klusener. “His style of play, what he offers and what he brings, will compliment us and the youngsters in the team.”

Dolphins CEO Jesse Chellan said, “An invaluable asset will be added to the team with McLaren’s arrival. He will compliment Morné van Wyk as one of the senior players and strengthen the leadership team, something our young squad will feed off.”

Never a truer word said.

As the domestic season winds down, Klusener has been bringing youngsters into the team, giving them a taste of first class cricket at the top level. The province is currently blessed with a rich pool of young talent to draw from, most noticeably Daryn Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee and Tabraiz Shamsi, who have all performed with credit in the opportunities they have been given to date.

Add Greg Oldfield, Andile Phehlukwayo and Sibonelo Makhanye — members of South Africa’s victorious U19 World Cup squad — to the list and cricket is looking healthy in Durban, with a wealth of talent to call on.

“McLaren’s experience and professionalism will help and grow the current crop of young bowlers and all-rounders we have in the team, the likes of Calvin Savage, Craig Kirsten and Tsepo Moreki,” said Chellan.

President of KZNCU, Fa-eez Jaffar, echoed Chellan’s sentiments and welcomed a player of such calibre to the Dolphins set-up.

McLaren’s departure from the Knights follows batsman Dean Elgar’s move to the Titans.

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