FAIRFIELD Liverpool Cricket Club has a new wicket-keeper in time for the opening match of the season against North Sydney at Rosedale Oval on Saturday.
Lions coach Anthony Clark said recruit Guy Seymour would don the gloves for the season-opener at the Warwick Farm ground.
Seymour joins the Lions from Western Suburbs, the same club as Australian Test captain Michael Clarke.
"Our regular keeper Jake Doran is in India playing for the Australian under-19s team and he won't be available," Clark said.
"Jake will also be away for a while in the second half of the season playing for the Australian under-19s team in the World Cup.
"Guy is also an opening batsman."
Clark said there was the possibility that when Doran and Seymour were both available they could play in the same team.
Seymour, a left-handed batsman, averaged 25 in all grades with Wests and has taken 110 dismissals, comprising 76 catches and 24 stumpings.
Clark said the club's other main recruit is Central Coast fast bowler Kieran Elley.
"Guy and Kieran are our external recruits and we also have a stack of other good youngsters coming through the lower grades," Clark said.
There are two other notable changes this season.
Clark has relinquished the captaincy after 10 seasons at the helm with NSW batsman Ben Rohrer and spinner Luke Doran to share the duties.
"When Ben isn't playing for NSW or in Big Bash games, he'll be captain," Clark said.
"When Ben is unavailable, Luke will lead the team."
The Lions will also take the field this season without star all-rounder Grant Lambert who has retired after 17 seasons. Play starts this Saturday at 9.30am.