Damon taking his bat and whites off to bonny Scotland
LATER today Damon Rootes would normally be playing first grade scrum half for SCU Marlins Rugby Club against Port Macquarie Pirates.
Instead he'll be packing his cricket bat and flannels before heading to Scotland where a contract awaits as a guest player.
It's the reason why the multi-talented young sportsman was a late withdrawal from last week's line-up to play Kempsey Cannonballs and while he's disappointed to have missed the win, staying injury free was very important.
This Friday, the Plantation Diggers regular will make his first appearance for Greenock Cricket Club among snow flurries and sub-zero temperatures.
The tour lasts until September and comes at the invitation of Damon's coach on the Emu tour of New Zealand, Peter Clifford.
"A few weeks back there was talk I could have an opportunity in Wales but then Peter rang and offered me the job," the stylish batsman said.
"Peter told me all about the club as it was where he was based in his career as a professional cricketer.
"I'll be touring with Declan White from the NSW Second XI and it's a punishing schedule with 30 games in 20 weeks."
Damon's potential has long been evident and he's fielded numerous offers over the past year but this is the first with a major internationally recognised club.
Stan Gilchrist of Lord's Taverners was one to offer advice and now the big adventure is about to begin.
"It's only now starting to sink in," Damon said.
"I fly out on Tuesday with a stopover in Dubai when I think the reality will hit me.
"But today I'll be at the rugby to watch the boys play the Pirates and hope they can send me off with a win."