VIC v QLD - Sheffield Shield: Day 4

Boyce and Milenko Granted Releases

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The my FootDR Queensland Bulls have confirmed that allrounder Simon Milenko and leg-spinner Cameron Boyce have been granted releases from their contracts for the coming 2016-17 season to pursue other playing opportunities.

Australian T20 spinner Boyce made his first class debut for Queensland in 2009-10 and played 45 matches for the Bulls, taking 80 wickets at 49.10 including three five wicket hauls, one of which came in a Sheffield Shield Final.

Boyce, 26, has taken 92 career first class wickets, including for Australia ‘A’. He also played 17 one-day games for Queensland, taking 15 wickets.

Milenko, who was a member of the Redlands team that won the club’s first Premier Grade title in 19 years last month, made his debut for Queensland in one-day and first class cricket in 2014-15.

The 27-year-old has played four first class career games and seven one-day games, taking 13 wickets with a best of 5-15 in the Sheffield Shield arena.

Queensland Cricket High Performance General Manager Brett Jones thanked the duo for their services to Queensland Cricket at all levels.

“Both Cam and Simon are focused on playing as much first class cricket as possible. After approaches from other States we reluctantly agreed to release both players. Queensland cricket will always put the players’ interests first and we are pleased to see that we continue to provide talent to Australian Cricket,’’ he said.

“It is never an easy decision for a player to make to leave their home State but both Cam and Simon go with our best wishes and knowledge they remain welcome around Queensland Cricket in the future,’’ Jones said.

Bulls coach Phil Jaques complimented both players on their professionalism and hoped they would enjoy an opportunity for a fresh start.

“As a coach you don’t like to see players leave the squad but you also don’t want to stand in the way of people pursuing their goals and making the best of their skills,’’ he said.

“It says a lot that Simon helped Redlands to win a premiership and finish on a high while Boycey maintained his enthusiasm and his work levels all the way through. I wish them both the best,’’ he said.

Queensland Cricket is in the throes of finalizing its full-contracted player list and rookie-contracted playing list for the 2016-17 season after having Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns issued with Cricket Australia contracts earlier this month.