AFTER seeing a Facebook comment, Sale Cricket Club has secured the services of England international Stephen Parry for next season.
Parry returns to the Swans to be their first grade captain and coach.
The 30-year-old has played two one-day internationals and five twenty20 matches for England.
In 2014, the left-arm spinner was named man of the match in his second ODI against the West Indies after taking 3-32.
Parry was in England’s squad for the 2014 World Twenty20 tournament. His most recent T20 international was against Pakistan last November.
Parry has been a fixture in English county side Lancashire’s one-day and T20 sides. In 2009, he was named Lancashire’s Young Cricketer of the Year.
Last season, Parry played with the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League after replacing New Zealander Daniel Vettori in the team’s list mid-season.
Swans president Ross Coulthard admitted the news of Parry’s appointment had generated excitement around the club.
Coulthard said the club spoke with Parry after he indicated interest online in returning for another season in Sale-Maffra cricket.
Coulthard said Parry would add some professionalism to the club and develop its crop of young players.
“He really wants to come and make a mark. He wants to help us set things up for the future,” Coulthard said.
Sale’s first grade side finished this season in sixth place, 26 points outside the top four. Twelve months ago, the Swans were preparing to meeting Bundalaguah in the grand final.
Parry returns to the club he played for from 2008 to 2010, having also played for Bundalaguah from 2005 to 2007. For the 2009-10 season, Parry captained Sale and the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association senior representative team.
Parry will bring his wife and three children to Sale during his stay.
Parry takes over the Sale captaincy from Ian Wrigglesworth, who is likely to remain at the club.