Bunbury’s Jayden Goodwin is set to make a surprise return to WACA ranks next season, with the talented left-handed opener accepting a rookie contract with the association. The news came as the WACA announced next season’s full men’s squad last week, which also includes Bunbury’s Sam Whiteman and Dunsborough’s Lance Morris. Bunbury product and women’s captain Chloe Piparo has also been retained, as expected. Goodwin gave up two years of his rookie contract at the start of last summer, to pursue his church commitments, but has made an earlier than expected return to the squad —- offered a rookie contract alongside retained rookie Sam Fanning, Scarborough sensation Cooper Connolly and Great Southern product Bryce Jackson. Goodwin, the son of former Western Warrior and Zimbabwean international Murray, was first offered a rookie contract ahead of the 2019-20 season, before making his debut in WACA Premier Cricket. Whiteman’s rise last year was one of the stories of the State side’s seasons in both the four-day and one-day formats, with the former wicket-keeper assuming the role as opening batsman alongside Cameron Bancroft and even captaining the one-day side in two games. In doing so, he became the third South West product to hold the position. Morris, a tearaway quick from the Dunsborough Cricket Club, debuted in both formats last season, having already featured for Big Bash club Melbourne Stars. Piparo has been women’s captain since 2018 and has been a regular contributor since her debut in the 2011-12 season. She will lead a particularly young squad desperate to build on their last-place finish in the WNCL last season.