Sefton Park is pleased to confirm that Australian all-rounder Noah Olejniczak will join as our overseas player for the 2024 season.
The 22-year-old, who will be 23 by the time he arrives, plays for Epping Bulls Cricket Club in the Sydney Shires competition and the batting off-spinner will be available throughout the season. Noah is also a qualified coach and will be helping out coaching across our age groups and teams.
"I played my first game of cricket aged six when I had to fill in for my older brother's team," said Noah. "I remember getting 1* and taking a catch and from then on I was hooked!"
Noah, who has played 1st Grade cricket for Epping Bulls throughout the current season, is looking forward to the experience of English conditions.
Noah Olejniczak in action for Epping Bulls
"The standard in the Sydney Shires competition is good," he said. "Bowlers bowl tight lines and batters either have to dig in or take the game on in order to accumulate runs.
"Having just finished my electrical apprenticeship I want to live abroad and having the opportunity to play cricket at the same time was a no-brainer. I'm hoping my time at Sefton will help me meet new people and make friends for years to come. Also I wouldn't mind winning a few games along the way!"
Noah will hopefully bring some of that famed Aussie grit to Croxteth Drive next season and he certainly talks the talk regarding his prospects this summer.
"I'd say the harder the situation is the more I'm up for it I become," he said. "I like those pressure situations where you need someone to stand up with the bat, ball or in the field.
"When I think of cricketers who I look up to I think of Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and as much as it pains me to say, Freddie Flintoff."
Noah Olejniczak solid in defence for Epping Bulls
While an admiration for David Boon suggests Noah will be good company in the bar, hobbies including camping, fishing and scuba diving suggests he also looks after himself!
But what about that all important nickname?
"My last name usually just gets shortened to 'Olly' due to time constraints," he added. "I challenge Sefton to fins a good nickname that will stick!"
Welcome to Croxteth Drive Noah!