CHRIS THOMSON is back on the cricket field!
And the Australian who was the victim of a terrifying attack in West Yorkshire is heading back to Huddersfield.
The 27-year-old all-rounder was playing with Clayton West in the Drakes Huddersfield League Premiership last season when he was the victim of a vicious assault on a night out in Leeds.
The popular Aussie was left in a life-threatening condition in hospital with a fractured skull and although he recovered sufficiently to fly home to Perth, he was left struggling with his speech.
Thomson is now almost fully recovered – although his speech has not yet fully returned – and he has resumed playing with his club back home, Mount Lawley CC, in Perth.
And Thomson is heading for Clayton West for the start of the season in April.
Clayton spokesman Simon Thornhill said: “It is tremendous news that Chris wants to return to Clayton, to, in his own words ‘finish what he started.’”
“It will be great to see Chris back. He’s a super lad and will be a very good acquisition for the club.
“He has finished his rehabilitation, although his mum says his speech is not quite yet back to normal, but he is playing cricket again and has just got himself a part-time job.”
Thomson resumed cricket, playing Grade II in the WACA competition back in October, and only a couple of weeks ago hit a match-winning 83 batting at No9 against Wanneroo.
West Yorkshire Police are still investigating the attack on Thomson.
A 32-year-old Leeds man is on bail in connection with the inquiry.