Canberra's David Dawson celebrates a century for the NSW second XI at Manuka Oval earlier this year. Dawson is about to get the chance to play with boyhood coach Brad Haddin. Photo: Melissa Adams
Brad Haddin used to coach David Dawson's school team but the pair will share a dressing room this week in NSW's Sheffield Shield game against Victoria.
Dawson, 30, revealed on Monday that Haddin had helped mentor his school team at Canberra's Radford College when the future Test wicketkeeper was playing for the now defunct Comets.
''You guys will run with this a bit but he came to a few of our sessions,'' Dawson joked.
''As a kid in Canberra Brad showed what can be done coming out of Canberra and playing first-class cricket and playing for Australia.
''He opened up a lot of avenues to see how a professional career could be forged from the ACT. It's quite exciting now to be playing with him.''
Dawson played 23 first-class games for Tasmania, averaging just under 24, but it was his childhood dream to wear the baggy blue.
''My performances for Tassie probably weren't completely up to scratch,'' said Dawson, one of three wicketkeepers in the Blues side this week.
''I had a couple of good games when I started but my performances dropped away a little bit.
''I made a move up here after I lost my contract in 2009 with Tasmania for family reasons but also to give cricket a bit of a go and to pursue my goal of playing with NSW.
''It's a really proud moment for me and my family to get that opportunity now.''
Former ACT Comets wicketkeeper/batsman Ryan Carters completes a trio of Canberra talent on display at the SCG after being named in Victoria's squad.
Meanwhile, Tuggeranong product Jason Floros will make his first appearance for the Queensland Bulls this summer after he was recalled for Wednesday's one-day match with Tasmania in Hobart.
The all-rounder, who has been acting 12th man for Australia this week during the first Test match against South Africa at the Gabba, has played seven one-day games for the Bulls, with his last appearance in February against the Redbacks when he took 3-49.
The 21-year-old former Australian under-19 all-rounder has had a strong start to the season in the Premier Grade competition for Wynnum-Manly and in the Futures League 2nd XI for the Queensland Academy of Sport.