CAMERON Gannon plans to use his unexpected Brisbane Heat contract to help him become a permanent fixture in Queensland Bulls colours this season.
The former Ipswich Grammar fast bowler has been slowly making a name for himself, playing seven one-day cricket matches for the Bulls in last season's Ryobi Cup competition.
The 23-year-old also added a seventh Sheffield Shield cap but it's the new T20 opportunity that Gannon believes could help secure him a permanent position across all forms of the game.
Gannon will share the Heat dressing room with international stars, including Daniel Vettori, Kemar Roach, Ryan Harris and fellow Ipswich Grammar old-boy Shane Watson.
Gannon said he was "ecstatic" to get the opportunity but until the season starts, the idea of playing with such a talented team remains a bit surreal.
"If you look at the bowling line-up that we've assembled for the Heat squad, it's really quite ridiculous," Gannon said.
"You have three of the best all-rounders Australia has plus the best all-rounder New Zealand has produced in a long time.
"When you add Kemar Roach, Ben Cutting and Al McDermott into that then there is a heap of bowling that I have to out-perform to get there."
Gannon's assessment of his chances of seeing much on-field action for the Heat are realistic but it hasn't stopped him working hard to enure his imposing 199cm frame is put to good use if the chance comes.
An intimidating paceman with a focus on aggression that belies his likeable nature is something batsmen will see plenty more of this season.
"We've worked on specifics like finishing off my action a little bit better which should help me better present the ball," he said.
"So hitting the crease hard, bowling with aggression, and presenting the ball well - that's the dream."
But of all the forms of top class cricket, T20 is the least friendly to fast bowlers.
Yet Gannon is confident he has the variety of weapons needed to trouble batsmen.
"For me bowling in T20 cricket is all about versatility," he said. "If you can adjust your game to suit different situations, you have half a chance
"Having said that, having a certain skill you can go to and execute 10 times out of 10 is critical."
As much as the Brisbane Heat contract has him excited, the right-arm quick bowler, like most up-and-coming Australian cricketers, still views Test and Shield cricket as the ultimate prize.
Gannon had limited opportunities last year but aims to push his case for regular selection with some good early- season performances.
"As far as Shield cricket goes, I just want to play every game I can," he said. "The idea is to give the selectors no choice than to play me. If I'm playing Shield cricket, I'm happy."
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