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Winter looks to give Comets a parting gift

He won a Futures League title with the ACT Comets in his debut, now Nick Winter is hoping to repeat the dose in what could be his farewell.

Winter can top off his magical summer, which has included rubbing shoulders with the Australian one-day team, by helping the Comets secure their second piece of silverware in three years in their final round game with Queensland, starting on Monday in Brisbane.

The 19-year-old left-arm swing bowler was a late call-up into the decider two years ago.

He was 12th man for the Prime Minister's XI in its match with the West Indies at Manuka Oval in January, and a week later was given fielding duties for Michael Clarke's Australian side on his home ground.

Winter is looking to follow in the footsteps of teammate Dean Solway, who moved to Adelaide last year as part of the Redbacks Academy.

''With everything going well, hopefully I can progress my cricket,'' Winter said. ''A few of the boys look at Dean Solway and how he went interstate, and I'll look to move interstate at some time.


''I'll focus on this game and see what happens in the next few weeks.''

Comets coach Mark Higgs endorsed Winter taking the next step and believed Tasmania or Queensland would provide the best opportunity, based on the swing-friendly conditions and the fact both have several older bowlers in their ranks.

''He's at that stage, he's played a lot of cricket for us and is starting to learn the ropes,'' Higgs said.

''When Nick's at his best, he's nice and patient and not trying to be the guy who can blast them out.

''We have a few ideas of where he should go and have started a few talks with people who are interested.''

The Comets only require first innings points from the four-day final-round game at Allan Border Field.

Winter was still in school the last time the Comets won the trophy.

''It would mean more to me because I've trained with the squad all season,'' Winter said.

''I was pretty nervous back then, but a couple years on I feel like I'm more a part of the team.''

Higgs will decide on Monday morning whether paceman Greg West or left-arm spinner Josh Connolly carries the drinks.


Futures League: ACT Comets v Queensland at Allan Border Field, 11am.