The Sydney Sixers have used the WBBL’s new contracting rules to land a huge blow on rivals Brisbane, prizing Amelia Kerr away from the Heat on a three-year deal.

One of the finest all-rounders in the world, New Zealander Kerr will join the Sixers this summer under new rules that allow each franchise to sign one player outside of the overseas draft.

The rules are designed to allow clubs to lock in talent for longer and ward off the threat of overseas leagues.

But they have also helped the Sixers get a jump on Brisbane.

Kerr has been with the Heat since 2019, and has won the club’s player-of-the-year award three times.

She is the number-two-ranked all-rounder in the world and is one of the best spinners in the global game, with 62 wickets at an economy rate of 6.42 in 58 matches for the Heat.

Ultimately, the 23-year-old was won over by having close family in Sydney, with her sister Jess having played for the Sixers last season.

“It was an extremely hard decision to leave Brisbane as the players and staff there have been nothing but good to me,” Kerr said.

“With the scheduling of women’s cricket there is not much downtime and being based in Sydney was a big part of my decision.

“I have close family living in Sydney which will help make the time away from home a lot of fun.

“I want to keep finding ways to better myself as a cricketer and a person so I’m looking forward to this exciting new opportunity with the Sixers.”

A fast bowler looks down the pitch after delivering the ball in a Women's Big Bash League game.

Family ties drew Amelia Kerr to Sydney, where her sister Jess played for the Sixers last season.(Getty Images: Martin Keep)

Brisbane confirmed on Tuesday it attempted to retain Kerr under the pre-draft multi-year contract system.

“The Heat were keen to retain Melie and put a competitive offer to her,” Queensland’s head of cricket Joe Dawes said.

“However we understand that being near to family is important in this stage of her life, so a move to Sydney where we know she has close family made sense for that reason.

“Our fans around the country will no doubt be very disappointed not to see her out on the field playing for Brisbane again this summer.

“But we thank her and her family for trusting us back when she signed her first contract to play in the WBBL and certainly wish her all the best as she takes on a new challenge.”

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