Cricket NSW has reappointed Trent Johnston coach of the Blues for another two seasons.
A former NSW fast bowler and Ireland captain, Johnston took over the Blues two years ago after NSW stalwart Trevor Bayliss was named coach of England.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones praised Johnston for his contribution during the past two seasons.
“TJ has coached the Blues to two consecutive Matador BBQs One-Day Cup titles which have seen players like Daniel Hughes, Nic Maddinson, Ed Cowan and, debutant from last year, Harry Conway flourish.
“Although NSW has not had the same success in Sheffield Shield, the Blues have been highly competitive, with the best win-loss record in 2015/16 and then missing out on the 2016/17 final by six runs on the last day of the Shield.
“In his time as coach TJ has seen Nic Maddinson make his Test debut, Moises Henriques regain his place in a number of Australian teams and Kurtis Patterson continue to perform in Sheffield Shield and for Australia A.
“He also had Ed Cowan turning back the clock for his best season and Wil Somerville standing tall as a dominant spinner.
Cricket NSW General Manager of Cricket Performance David Moore added: “Trent brings a high work ethic, commitment to player and staff improvement and a desire to continue to learn. In speaking with him during the re-signing process I know that he continues to strive for excellence and to win the Shield that has eluded us for three seasons.”
Johnston thanked Cricket NSW for the continuing support.
“While we have had two terrific Matador Cup campaigns we have unfinished business with the Sheffield Shield,” Johnston said.
“We have played some great cricket but failed to sustain it for long enough in some important matches.
“NSW has always been a high performance state with a strong emphasis on developing players.
“There will opportunities for those coming through to join our experienced players in what will be an important season.”