The Bulls have bid farewell to paceman Brendan Doggett and allrounder Nathan McSweeney who both accepted offers to pursue further opportunities in South Australia.
Doggett was a member of two Shield Final winning line-ups, in 2017-18 and this season, while McSweeney made his first class and List A debuts for Queensland in the past three seasons.
McSweeney won the Peter Burge Medal earlier this month as the best performed player in the Bulls Masters First Grade competition.
Redlands allrounder James Bazley comes into the squad as a full-contracted player after previously being a Bulls rookie earlier in his career after representing Australia at Under-19 level.
Bazley,26, made initial appearances for Queensland this season in the Marsh One Day Cup and Marsh Sheffield Shield competitions, building on his impressive KFC Big Bash League debut during the summer for the Brisbane Heat.
Promising Norths pace bowler Will Prestwidge joins older siblings Jack and Georgia in receiving a State player contract.
The 19-year-old quick is the only newcomer on the Rookie list, with Wynnum-Manly duo Corey Hunter and Benji Floros dropping off.
Bulls coach Wade Seccombe said that while it was disappointing to lose two players from a successful squad to another team, it was not unexpected.
“Both players were up front with us that they were seeking greater playing opportunities and challenges which they believe they can achieve elsewhere.
“It is a something of a bittersweet reality that the successful program that we have established here in Queensland does mean that other teams can look at our players as individuals who can potentially come in and contribute straight away.”
“But in the bigger picture, we are all striving to produce players for the national teams in the various formats and we accept that more Queenslanders playing at first class and one day level is helping to contribute to a competitive Australian Cricket environment.”
“We wish each of the players who are moving off the Queensland contract list all the best in their future endeavors.”
Seccombe welcomed Bazley’s elevation to the full contract list in the wake of consistent and compelling Premier Cricket performances.
“James is a great example to others of a player who has worked fiercely to make the best of his opportunities and learned from early career challenges to make sure he was ready when the call came.”
“Will Prestwidge has earned an opportunity with the squad as a rookie and we’re confident his game will benefit further from joining our program. He’s no stranger to what we are looking to achieve as a group and we’re looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”
Prestwidge is the youngest son of former allrounder Scott Prestwidge, who played 55 games for Queensland and is now an assistant coach with the Brisbane Heat's WBBL team.
Georgia, 23, still plays for the Heat and WNCL champions Queensland Fire, while Jack (25) is contracted with the Melbourne Renegades having previously played for both the Heat and the Bulls.
The Bulls claimed their ninth first class title with their composed win over NSW in the Shield Final in April at Allan Border Field and finished third in the Marsh One Day Cup.
Queensland Cricket is finalising the 2021-22 Queensland Fire squad and will announce it next week.
The Fire are coming off their maiden WNCL title after claiming the Ruth Preddy Cup for the first time with their win over Victoria in the decider in Melbourne earlier this year.
Cricket Australia Contracted Players
Marnus Labuschagne (Redlands)
2021-22 Queensland Bulls Contracted Players
Xavier Bartlett (Gold Coast)
James Bazley (Redlands) (NEW)
Joe Burns (Norths)
Max Bryant (Gold Coast)
Blake Edwards (Wests)
Sam Heazlett (Redlands)
Usman Khawaja (Valley)
Matthew Kuhnemann (Gold Coast)
Michael Neser (Gold Coast)
Lachlan Pfeffer (Valley)
Matt Renshaw (Toombul)
Billy Stanlake (South Brisbane)
Mark Steketee (Valley)
Bryce Street (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Mitch Swepson (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Jack Wildermuth (Valley)
Jack Wood (Ipswich/Logan)
Jack Clayton (University of Qld)
Matthew Willans (University of Qld)
Connor Sully (Norths)
Will Prestwidge (Norths) (NEW)
In: James Bazley (Redlands), Will Prestwidge (Norths).
Out: Brendan Doggett (SA), Nathan McSweeney (SA), Corey Hunter (Wynnum-Manly), Benji Floros (Wynnum-Manly).