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Heat Re-Sign Lynn For Five Seasons

20 October 2017

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Batting cornerstone Chris Lynn will lead the charge for the Brisbane Heat into the next decade after agreeing to the biggest deal in BBL history.

Lynn agreed to the new multi-year contract in recent weeks as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery earlier this year.

The ground-breaking agreement announced today ties the hard-hitting right-hander to the club until BBL|11 in 2021-22, and was complemented by confirmation that coaches Dan Vettori and Shane Bond had accepted two-year contract extensions that keep them with the Heat for BBL|08 and BBL|09.

The Heat recently announced that they had re-signed six players to multi-year deals with Sam Heazlett, Joe Burns, Mitch Swepson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mark Steketee and Jimmy Peirson inking extended contracts.

Lynn, the BBL player of the series last year, said he was excited about the Heat’s long-term prospects in the KFC Big Bash League with key players and coaches committing to the club.

“The fact we have locked-up Dan and Shane and a good proportion of our squad for the next few years bodes well for the future,’’ he said.

“The Heat has evolved into a club for all Queensland fans and we’re determined to make a success of the opportunity we have ahead of us. It was one of the best experiences of my career to play in front of five sold-out home crowds at the Gabba.

“To be in the same side as a legend like Brendon McCullum and enjoy some success along the way made it even more memorable,’’ he said.

“I’m honoured that the Heat have shown confidence in me for the coming seasons and given us the opportunity to achieve something special as a club in the future.”

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Lynn and Heat captain McCullum cut a swathe through the BBL last season, with McCullum equalling the fastest ever 50 for Heat, off 18 balls, while he and Lynn produced a record unbroken stand of 148 for the second wicket against Perth at the WACA.

The 27-year-old right hander said he was making steady progress in his return from shoulder surgery.

“I’ve had some good reports from the surgeon and the QC medical staff and we’re working to the recovery plan. It is feeling okay now, although there is still a way to go,’’ Lynn said.

Heat coach Dan Vettori said the club had created a formidable foundation to build upon for the future.

“Lynny is a dominant, world-class player and as coach, I’m delighted he will be with us for the foreseeable future,’’ he said.

“The playing group we are assembling will give us impact and options as we enter the next few seasons,’’ he said.

Vettori said he and Bond believed there was unfinished business after last season’s semi-final loss.

“I’m very pleased to commit to the club for a further two years. Shane and I enjoy coming to Brisbane and working with the boys and there is an excellent feeling around the team, and the club overall.

“The crowd support we get at the Gabba during the BBL is something that must be experienced to be believed – it is exceptional.”

Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the anticipation for BBL|07 was higher than ever.

“Since going on sale on Monday, ticket sales are ahead of projections and continue the pleasing signs that have been in evidence from our membership and VIP match day sales,’’ he said.

“Our emphasis from year one has been to make BBL the best entertainment for our fans and a must-do, family-friendly experience in the summer holidays.

“We know the excitement generated by players like Chris and Brendon and we’re very pleased that we can provide the opportunity for the fans and the viewers to enjoy that,” he said.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com.au for all the Heat’s home games at the Gabba.

Brisbane is coming off a summer of record highs last season, featuring five sold out home games including a semi-final that featured a new crowd record of 35,116 and its highest-ever membership base.

The semi-final crowd meant the Heat attracted 171,877 to its four regular home games as well as the final, with its season average 34,375.

The Gabba will host the Melbourne Stars, Sydney Thunder, defending champions Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Renegades these holidays, with the first home match against the Stars on 20 December.

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