Cricket Shepparton’s man of the moment is almost certain to become its man of the summer.
Ryan Sidebottom is living out his cricketing dream for English Country Cricket team Warwickshire, but will return at the end of his stint to roll the arm over for Northerners Cricket Club, if brother Trent has his way.
‘‘It has been spoken about, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be living at Mum’s for a fair bit, so yeah, he could get the green and red on,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s no disputing that, he could be definitely a chance, I’ll have discussions with him for sure.’’
After starring with match-best figures of 6-70 on his return to the first class arena this week the Carlton seamer should be hot property on the Victorian cricket market when he touches down on home soil, but Trent does not believe that will be the case.
‘‘I don’t think (a return to the Bushrangers is on the cards), I don’t know how that would work,’’ he said.
‘‘I think he’s really putting all eggs in one basket now, with the 12-month contract he’ll have to go back over there in February to do their preseason so that pretty much rules him out of any (other contract).
‘‘Even for Carlton, I think for him to not get back until October, not to have done any preseason with them and then miss all their finals, it would be hard for him to even warrant a spot in the firsts, I think.
‘‘So yeah, it’s looking more and more like he’ll play for the Jets.’’
It would mean the former Karramomus right-armer could go from playing at one of the highest levels of the sport to terrorising local batting orders in the space of not much more than the time it takes to fly from Heathrow to Tullamarine.
‘‘It would be a big coup and it would be good for the association,’’ freshly-minted Jets coach Steve Allen said.
‘‘I’ve had some association with Ryan at Karramomus and he’s a quality bowler.
‘‘It would not only be good for the Jets but good for the association to see Ryan back.’’
But no matter where the star ends up, every Sidebottom family member is proud of their champion.
‘‘He’s going unbelievable, as a family we’re so proud of what he’s doing,’’ Trent said.
‘‘We thought it was an amazing effort just to make the Victorian side, but we always knew it was a goal of his to go over to England.
‘‘To have all of this happen in the first three or four months, to make the county level, it was always his dream but for it to happen is unbelievable.’’