Wounded Bull faces loss of mo-jo fears
A NIGGLING knee injury will keep Luke Feldman off the park for the rest of the Queensland Bulls' crusade and, off contract beyond this season, is unsure of his future in the sport.
Feldman took 25 wickets at 24 in six Shield games before Christmas and 10 scalps for the Sydney Sixes in the Big Bash League.
His economy rate of 6.53 was among the best in the T20 competition and that form got him back into the Bulls' Ryobi Cup side.
The Bulls will play in Saturday's Ryobi Cup final and are in the hunt for another Shield crown with just two matches of the regular season remaining.
But Feldman won't be part of it thanks to the small tear in his knee.
The injury which he joked only occurred after he shaved off his "lucky" moustache ended his season prematurely and despite his record, the former Mulgrave paceman knows he may miss out on another contract.
"My future's up in the air," the former Innisfail policeman said.
"You never know what the selectors are thinking. If you did you'd be a happy man.
"I had that mo going on and it was probably my good luck charm. I got injured as soon as it came off."
The broad-shouldered paceman's graduation from country cricketer to domestic performer is an uncommon feat in Queensland, having moved from Charters Towers to Brisbane on the advice of Queensland Cricket, after Australian Country selection.
He played his first first-class match for Queensland against the touring West Indians in 2009.
He said there were plenty more talented cricketers who could make it but they stayed in regional areas due to jobs and lifestyle.
"It's rare in Queensland, but no so much in other states. There's a guy in Gladstone, Trent Sorohan, who is just as quick as anyone I know.
"But he'd be losing money to move to Brisbane to play cricket. It's a lifestyle thing that stops a lot."
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Future fears: A knee injury has forced Bulls paceman Luke Feldman to weigh up his future in the sport.