Flyger signs on and hungry for Heart success

Auckland Hearts coach Dean Flyger has signed back on with Auckland Cricket for another two seasons and will have long-serving manager Sue Borich beside him for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

Flyger says it’s a “real privilege” to be involved with the side and was quick to heap praise on Borich’s involvement also.

“Sue is the heart within the Hearts, she is a special person that makes my job as coach easy. I wouldn’t do it without her and it’s fantastic to have her back on board again,” says Flyger.

Last season was a case of so close but so far for the Auckland Hearts, narrowly missing out on a Twenty20 finals berth while having to settle for the runners-up tag in the one-day final against Canterbury.

“I suppose [last season’s results] make you want to work harder and think smarter on how you can improve your game from a coaching and playing perspective.  The team played some very good cricket last season and I’m sure they will want to continue to build on those performances,” says Flyger.

Flyger knows the upcoming 2017/18 season will bring its own set of fresh challenges, none more so than replacing retired skipper Vic Lind.

“Sad to see Vic retire, she has had a fantastic career and played a vital part in the Hearts success over recent years and it won’t be the same without her.  But on the positive side it provides a leadership opportunity within the team.”

While Flyger enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching sport in his downtime, he admits you are never far away from cricket and is already starting to plot for success next season.

“Can’t give too many secrets away!  Last season the aim was to play a positive style of cricket, so really we want to build on that and continue to make improvements as individuals and as a team.”