Former Alstonville bowler out to beat injuries for Twenty20
FORMER Alstonville cricketer Brendan Drew hopes to remain injury free with the chance of playing for the Victorian Bushrangers next season.
Drew, 28, parted ways with the Tasmanian Tigers this season after seven years when he was cut from the list of contracted players.
He moved to Melbourne in August where he had surgery on his hip and shoulder.
"I had an arthroscope to fix some things that had been giving me a bit of grief," Drew said.
"It's been a bit of an ongoing battle and that's one of the biggest things holding me back at the moment."
Drew has been playing top grade for the Camberwell Magpies and coaching cricket four days a week at a boarding school.
He picked up a contract for the Twenty20 Big Bash Series this summer but didn't get the chance to bowl for the Melbourne Renegades.
"We played some good cricket right from the word go and kept that same formula," Drew said.
"I was in the 13-man squad for every game and, unfortunately, being out in the field for a couple of overs was my biggest highlight."
Drew admits he never planned to get involved in coaching but it's something that he has enjoyed while his body has been on the mend.
He was always an outstanding junior on the Far North Coast and as a 17-year-old played for Alstonville when it defeated Tintenbar-East Ballina in the 2001-02 Hooker League final at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
"To be able to give experience to younger players is something I've enjoyed doing," he said.
"Melbourne has been a good move and there is always plenty happening here with sport." Drew began his career in 2005 and was named 12th man in two Sheffield Shield finals for Tasmania.
He played in his first Sheffield Shield final against Queensland last season.
Another cricketer that grew up in Lismore and played for the Renegades in the Big Bash Series is Tom Cooper.
He has been struggling to nail down a regular spot with South Australia this season after a stellar 2011-12.
"He showed some good stuff (in the Big Bash)," Drew said.
"On his day he is as good as anyone and hopefully he can finish the season well."
Cooper's best performance in the Big Bash came when he scored 59 runs from 46 balls to help lead the Renegades to a win against the Adelaide Strikers at Etihad Stadium earlier this month.