Bulls axe McDermott from contract list

Fast bowler Alister McDermott has not been offered a contract by Queensland for the 2015-16 cricket season.

The red-headed quick, who is the son of former Test paceman Craig McDermott, has been part of the Bulls’ set-up since debuting as a teenager in 2009.

McDermott, 23, has played 20 first-class matches for the Bulls, taking 75 wickets at 24.77 with a best bowling of 7-24.

Queensland Cricket high performance manager Brett Jones said Peter George’s form since his move from South Australia as well as other pace options available in the state had squeezed McDermott out of the contract list.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Jones told AAP.

“Obviously Peter George came and had a successful season. There’s quite a strong depth of bowling within the main squad. James Hopes obviously is going to push on for another year and Michael Neser was obviously out with injury but is pushing forward and Ben Cutting, whilst not at his best, is still around the mark.

“Nothing too dramatic, it was just more a case of being squeezed by some good competition.”

One-Test quick George, who came north from South Australia at the start of last summer, finished with 20 Sheffield Shield wickets in his first season with the Bulls.

Jones said the 28-year-old had impressed since his arrival in Queensland.

“He moved himself across without any guarantees,” Jones said.

“His character and his work ethic and obviously his performances on the field gave us confidence to ask Peter to be part of the squad full-time.”

Along with George, English-born Charlie Hemphrey and Simon Milenko have also been signed to full contracts after both debuted for the Bulls last summer.

Former one-day international all-rounder James Hopes, 36, has also taken up a new deal despite stepping aside as Bulls captain.

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