Friday 25 July 2008 

Mitchell Johnson Signs For Western Australia

Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has signed up to play for Western Australia, moving away from Queensland where he has been playing for the last seven years of his career.

It is believed that Johnson has moved to Perth for personal reasons so that he could spend more time with his girlfriend Jessica Bratich, but was prepared to travel to Queensland for training and matches.

But after a discussion with the Bulls management, a move to the Retravision Warriors seemed a more intelligent choice to help his cricketing career.

The left arm fast bowler who has played nine Tests, 39 One Day Internationals and eight Twenty20 Internationals is said to be looking forward to working closer with the likes of Dennis Lillee and Tom Moody when he arrives at Western Australia having put pen to paper.

He will strengthen a bowling attack that relies very much on Brett Dorey and Steve Magoffin in the seam department. Johnson will hopefully continue to build on his impressive start to his Australia career as he establishes himself as one of the brightest pace bowling talents in the world.

Speaking to Western Australia about his move from his state of birth, Johnson said:
“Leaving Queensland was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make, but it was something that I had to do because I am entering a very important time in my career and to constantly travel back and forth between Perth and Brisbane was not going to be an ideal situation.”