Doggett, a 23-year-old right-arm fast bowler, and Fuller, a 17-year-old allrounder, become the first Indigenous players to receive full Queensland contracts since the contracting system was introduced.
Queensland has previously had Indigenous players, including Doggett, on rookie contracts while Fuller, who plays for the Gold Coast Dolphins, played in the inaugural Queensland Women’s team at the National Indigenous titles in Alice Springs last season.
Doggett, originally from Toowoomba, is one of three new additions to the my FootDr Queensland Bulls squad while Fuller, who hails from McKees Hill outside of Kyogle in northern NSW, is one of two newcomers to the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire contract list.
Doggett, who played for the Cricket Australia XI last season in the domestic One Day competition, was a member of the 2017 National Performance Squad based at the Bupa National Cricket Centre during the winter.
He and another newcomer to the Bulls list, batsman Sam Truloff, were members of the Western Suburbs District CC team that won the my FootDr Premier Cricket title last season. Doggett took 4-46 while Truloff made 113 in their grand final win over University of Queensland.
Truloff, 24, made his first-class debut from outside the Bulls squad last summer, playing five Shield games.
The other newcomer in the Bulls squad is Valley wicket-keeper/batsman Lachlan Pfeffer.
Pfeffer, 26, is a former Queensland youth representative who played for the Queensland Academy of Sport last season in the Toyota Futures League 2nd XI competition, scoring 99 in the match against the ACT that clinched the title for Queensland for the second year in a row.
A school teacher, Pfeffer began his cricketing career playing for Laidley in the Ipswich competition.
Queensland Talent Development and Pathways Manager Justin Sternes said the additions to the Bulls squad had earned their spots through a variety of opportunities.
“It’s pleasing to see players like Brendan get exposure through Indigenous, Premier Cricket and the National talent pathway system through the CA XI, just as it is to see Lachy Pfeffer and Sam Truloff come through the Queensland youth system from a regional background into Premier Cricket and then the Futures League, and in Sam’s case, first class cricket,’’ he said.
“We work hard at identifying talent at various stages of the pathway and giving them opportunities to go to the next level.”
Australian Under-19 player Harry Wood, another Laidley product, is a new inclusion on the Bulls rookie list with the Ipswich/Logan Hornets allrounder joining incumbents Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Jack Prestwidge and Bryce Street in the rookie squad.
Among those not contracted this season were batsman Nathan Reardon and retired wicket-keeper Chris Hartley. While Brisbane Heat contracted player Lynn was not offered a Bulls contract, he will be considered for selection like any other player once he returns from the shoulder injury that currently has him sidelined until early next year
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has been named Bulls captain for the season. Khawaja is one of three Cricket Australia contracted players for 2017-18 along with fast bowler Billy Stanlake and opening batsman Matthew Renshaw.
There are three CA contracted players, 19 State contracted players and six State rookie-contracted players in the 2017-18 Bulls squad.
Queensland will play a series of practice games over the next month as they prepare for the domestic One Day Cup competition in October.
2017-18 myFootDr Queensland Bulls Squad
Usman KHAWAJA (CA, Valley) (capt)
Billy STANLAKE (CA, South Brisbane)
Matt RENSHAW (CA, Toombul)
James BAZLEY (Redlands)
Joe BURNS (Norths)
Ben CUTTING (South Brisbane)
Brendan DOGGETT (Wests) (NEW)
Luke FELDMAN (Valley)
Peter FORREST (University of Qld)
Jason FLOROS (Wynnum-Manly)
Cameron GANNON (Norths)
Peter GEORGE (Wynnum-Manly)
Sam HEAZLETT (Redlands)
Charlie HEMPHREY (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Marnus LABUSCHAGNE (Redlands)
Michael NESER (Gold Coast)
Lachlan PFEFFER (Valley) (NEW)
James PEIRSON (Redlands)
Mark STEKETEE (Valley)
Mitch SWEPSON (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Sam TRULOFF (Wests) NEW
Jack WILDERMUTH (Valley)
Xavier BARTLETT (Gold Coast)
Max BRYANT (Gold Coast)
Matthew KUHNEMANN (Gold Coast)
Jack PRESTWIDGE (Norths)
Bryce STREET (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Harry WOOD (Ipswich/Logan) (NEW)
The Queensland Fire have awarded first time playing contracts to Fuller and Wests wicket-keeper Josie Dooley for the 2017-18 season.
Fuller, who plays for the Gold Coast in the Katherine Raymont Shield, toured India with the Australian Indigenous Women’s team earlier in the year and recently spent a week in camp with the national squad at the NCC.
Dooley, 17, was selected in Fire squads during the Women’s National Cricket League last season without playing a match.
The 14-player Fire squad for 2017-18 includes two Cricket Australia contracted players in World Cup duo Jess Jonassen and Beth Mooney.
Top order bat Kirby Short will captain the Fire this season after taking over from allrounder Delissa Kimmince during last season.
2017-18 Konica Minolta Queensland Fire
Beth MOONEY (CA, Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Jess JONASSEN (CA, University of Qld)
Kirby SHORT (c) (Wests)
Jemma BARSBY (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Haidee BIRKETT (University of Qld)
Tess COOPER (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Josey DOOLEY (Wests)
Holly FERLING (University of Qld)
Carly FULLER (Gold Coast)
Grace HARRIS (Wests)
Laura HARRIS (University of Qld)
Courtney HILL (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Sammy-Jo JOHNSON (Gold Coast)
Delissa KIMMINCE (Gold Coast)
Georgia PRESTWIDGE (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Kara SUTHERLAND (University of Qld)