Ashes combatants England’s Laura Marsh and Australia’s Rene Farrell, will join the Lend Lease Breakers squad for the upcoming Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season.

Off-spinner Marsh has been recruited to help mentor the talented upcoming spinners in the Breakers squad, including Ash Gardner, Lauren Smith and Maisy Gibson.

Marsh will join the Breakers squad on the back of the Women’s Ashes series, in which she featured for England in the Test and ODI teams.

Breakers coach Jo Broadbent believes the experience Marsh brings to the squad is invaluable.

“Talking with that spin group, which is quite a young group, they’re really excited to have someone of Laura’s calibre on board,” said Broadbent.

“We’ve been very lucky to have someone like Erin Osborne who’s helped out tactically, even during games, and I think Laura will bring similar experience to the team.”

“You have to be open to listening to others, and I think this young group will get a lot from Laura both on and off the field, and Laura might get a lot from them too.”

Farrell is another Ashes tourist to link up with the Breakers for the 2015 WNCL competition, and joins the squad after playing a key role in the T20 series.

The Kogarah-born pace bowler returns to NSW after spending time playing with Western Australia and the ACT.

Farrell’s return to her home state will bolster the NSW’s pace stocks, with Sarah Coyte and Kara Sutherland both moving interstate.

Coach Broadbent says Farrell showed just how damaging a bowler she is during the back end of the Women’s Ashes series.

“She is certainly someone who takes her opportunities and is very versatile with the new or the old ball,” said Broadbent.

“She’s still got passion to play at that International level, and also to return to NSW after a few years away in Western Australia and the ACT.”

With Leah Poulton retiring, and Angela Reakes and Erin Osborne also making the move interstate, Broadbent believes there is a good opportunity for some of the Breakers talented young players to cement their spot in the team.

“I think there’s some players who have come out of the U/18’s who haven’t had the chance to play in the Breakers environment, I’m looking forward to what they might bring,” said Broadbent.

This season has also seen the introduction of the Breakers Academy, which will see players on the cusp of selection in the squad given the opportunity to train with and learn from the Breakers squad.

Lend Lease Breakers 2015/16 squad

Sarah Aley (Bankstown Sports)

Alex Blackwell (Universities)

Nicola Carey (St George-Sutherland)

Lauren Cheatle (Campbelltown-Camden/Illawarra/Southern)

Stefanie Daffara (Campbelltown-Camden/Illawarra/Southern)

Rene Farrell

Ashleigh Gardner (Bankstown Sports)

Maisy Gibson (Universities/Central Northern)

Rachael Haynes (Universities)

Alyssa Healy (Sydney)

Laura Marsh

Ellyse Perry (Sydney)

Georgia Redmayne (Universities)

Lauren Smith (Northern District/Central Coast)

Naomi Stalenberg (Penrith)

Breakers Academy

Rhianna Dick

Mikayla Hinkley (Penrith)

Saskia Horley (Gordon)

Emily Leys (Gordon/Central North)

Hannah Trethewy (Campbelltown-Camden)

Belinda Vakarewa (Campbelltown-Camden)

Maitlan Brown (Sydney)

Amy Edgar (Penrith/Western)

Carly Leeson (North Coast)

Melissa Norup (Northern District/Eastlake)