Will Salzmann is feeling proud and honoured after being announced as one of the Basil Sellers Scholarship recipients on Friday.
The 17-year-old pace bowler was one of a dozen cricketers under the age of 19 who received the scholarship to assist in their development in the sport.
The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player - who impressed last season with a 6/51 (plus a run-out) effort against Blacktown - claimed 17 wickets in his debut season.
He said it was "pretty satisfying" to have his work recognised with the scholarship.
"It's something some of the older boys around me within the cricketing pathways received in the years before and something I'd always trained towards," Salzmann said.
"It is certainly appreciated.
"The role of the scholarship is to support up and coming cricketers around my age to transition between school, living with their parents, and chasing their cricket dreams.
"It supports the lifestyle around that. Being able to have cricket as a job is pretty rare, and you need that sort of fallback.
"This will help towards the purchase of my first car so I can travel for my cricket."
The scholarship, awarded by Cricket NSW, also offers a two-year Team Kookaburra equipment sponsorship.
Salzmann, from Camden South, said he was itching to get back on the cricket pitch after months of training alone.
He thinks the Ghosts will have a stellar season, with many of the younger players inspired by local BBL and WBBL successes Hannah Darlington (a previous Basil Sellers Scholarship winner) and Tanveer Sangha.
"I hope this encourages more people to go on and see if they can chase their dreams too, like Hannah and Tanveer," he said.
Twenty of the previous Basil Sellers scholars have gone on to represent Australia, including Ashleigh Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Alyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc.
In addition to the scholarship, Salzmann was also recognised this year with selection in the preliminary extended squad for the Australian Under 19 World Cup, currently set to be held in the West Indies in January.