Ballarat teenager Matt Short signs with Melbourne Renegades

BALLARAT teenager Matt Short has been named as a development rookie at the Melbourne Renegades.
Nanjing Night Net

The former Ballarat East player has entered a whirlwind start to his professional career, jugglinglifebetween high school and cricket.

“It’s exciting but very busy. I put cricket on hold for two and a half weeks during VCEexam period, so it’s good to be back,” Short said.

“I went from training 4-5 times a week to once a week during exam period.”

The 18-year-old admitted he will be star-struck playing alongside bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan when he joins the Renegades.

“I bowl right arm, off-spin as well, so hopefully he can teach me a few tricks,” Short said.

“He is the face of world cricket.”

As a development rookie, Short will be present at all home games andcould fill in for injured players.He will have access to all facilities, coaching and support staff.

“The Renegades will be a great experience and will provide me withthe opportunity to be around a professional environment,” Short said.

Renegades coach Simon Helmot made the announcement today at Ballarat East Oval.

“This is the first year we have opened the development rookie role,” Helmot said.

”He is part of our squad, and could be up for selection if he demands it. He is a legitimate player in the team.

Short will be a part of the Melbourne Renegades squad travelling to Ballarat for a three-day training camp from 13-15 December.

Grassroots: Matt Short with his former Ballarat East coach Bruno Davi.

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