Queensland Bulls Coach Seccombe joins the Heat in an official role having worked part-time with the squad in BBL|07. He will work alongside Head Coach Dan Vettori in a new-look coaching team, featuring fellow Assistant James Hopes and former New Zealand bowling all-rounder James Franklin, who will join the club in January in a consultancy role.
Franklin, a veteran of 179 internationals games, played the most recent of his 233 T20 matches earlier this year for Middlesex in England's Vitality Blast, with Vettori saying his former New Zealand teammate will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club.
“James’s record at all levels of cricket speaks for itself and we believe he will have a positive impact on the club during our crucial run of matches in January. We have worked together as recently as this year while we were both at Middlesex, and his understanding and experience in T20 cricket will provide a great platform for younger members of our squad to learn from.
“We are also delighted to welcome Wade in an official capacity. He obviously has intimate experience working with most of our squad through his time with the Bulls, so we expect him to be a valuable resource this season,” Vettori said.
Australian owned and operated energy provider Energy Locals joins the Heat ahead of the club’s biggest BBL season to date. As the Heat’s Official BBL Coaching Partner, Energy Locals will have their logo displayed on the collar of BBL coaching and support staff match-day and training polos.
Energy Locals will be providing fans at the Gabba and Metricon Stadium with free mobile phone charging stations at all Heat home games along with energy deals and prizes to be won throughout the season.
Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea welcomed the addition of a customer-focused company such Energy Locals to the club.
“Energy Locals are an innovative and environmentally friendly company with a great story to tell. Their focus and approach to providing exceptional customer service correlates strongly with how we aim to treat our members and fans, so there is a great synergy between our two brands.
“We hope this is the start of what will be a long-standing and successful partnership,” McShea said.
Energy Locals Founder Adrian Merrick said the startup's staff were excited to get behind the Brisbane Heat.
"Energy Locals is proudly backed by two Queensland-based businesses. Queensland is the home of the very first Energy Locals customers and we're really excited to support this amazing team and competition.
"We share very similar brand values with the Brisbane Heat. At Energy Locals we're all about giving Aussie families great value products and service. With the Brisbane Heat continuing to create great value family entertainment, the partnership makes perfect sense to us," Merrick said.
The Heat will open the BBL|08 season against the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba on Wednesday the 19th of December, with online ticket and corporate hospitality sales suggesting a pre-Christmas record crowd is a possibility. Tickets are currently available through Ticketek.