Cardiff Metropolitan University final year student Tom Cullen has been rewarded with a Glamorgan Cricket development contract until the end of the current season, after making his first team debut at Chester-le-Street in June and impressing in second team performances in recent seasons.
Tom has been training with the first team squad since the winter as he completes the final units of his Sport and Exercise Science degree.
The Australian's first-class debut came in April 2015 against Gloucestershire for Cardiff MCCU, who he has represented for the last three years, playing against Glamorgan earlier this season.
"It¹s a dream come true," said 25-year-old Cullen who stepped in to the Glamorgan team when Chris Cooke missed the trip to Durham.
"It feels awesome. Playing for MCCU is great – we had a fantastic time winning at Lord's this Summer and it was great to be playing alongside nine from Cardiff Met for that and there are ten Cardiff Met students and former students at Glamorgan.
"I initially came to the UK to play for Stanmore Club in Middlesex and was planning on heading back to Perth afterwards but then heard about the MCCU cricket scheme here in Wales. It offered a chance to play cricket, but also to get a degree if the cricket didn't work out.
"I love Cardiff and the vibe here and the people are so nice. I wouldn't be in this position now without Mark O'Leary at the University and everyone at MCCU.
"Everyone has been so good to me since I arrived here three years ago, so I just want to contribute to winning games for Glamorgan."
Cardiff Met Cricket Lecturer Mark O'Leary, also Cardiff South Wales MCCU Head Cricket Coach, said:
"Tom has come through the ideal pathway for Cardiff South Wales MCCU. He wasn't previously affiliated to any county team or any academy and came to university to get a degree. He has performed really well and turned a few heads, which is a great testament to the MCC University scheme. We wish him all the very best."