As much as Chris Tremain's decision to return to the NSW was about the chance to lead the Blues' attack, his family in the state's west also played a major role.
The Yeoval product and former Western Zone star is back in his home state after six hugely successful seasons in Victoria.
Tremain missed out on selection in Victoria's Sheffield Shield squad late last season so he joins the Blues in the of spearheading the state's pace cartel.
But the 28-year-old is also back so he, his wife, and young son Noah can be closer to family and friends.
"It feels great to come home. Most of the way home. Sydney is where my cricket career was forged, but it's fantastic being so close to family back at Yeoval where it really all started," Tremain said.
"We were happy in Melbourne but with a young son and a nine-hour drive between him and his grandparents, we limited their interaction.
"Now we have the opportunity to grow a better relationship between Noah and his grandparents."
Tremain, who made his One-Day International debut for Australia in 2016, is part of refreshed NSW squad which will be looking to defend its Sheffield Shield title this summer.
NSW's list of contracted players was released on Thursday and Tremain is one of the major additions to the squad, along with Australian contracted leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
It is a homecoming for both, as Tremain and Zampa both played all their development cricket in the state and made their first-class debut with the Blues in 2012.
Tremain got his first taste of senior cricket when South Dubbo handed him an RSL-Whitney Cup debut in a match against Rugby in 2007 and he quickly made his impact felt locally and on the representative scene.
He returns having taken 2019 209 Sheffield Shield wickets at an average of 23.79 for Victoria and he was part of four Sheffield Shield title wins during his time with the Bushrangers.
His experience will prove as important as his wicket-taking ability for a squad in 2020/21.
"I hope that if I can continue providing that service then I'll contribute to the squad's success," said Tremain.
"The wheel doesn't need to be reinvented. Work hard, play well, lead from the front and win games of cricket for NSW.
"It feels great to come home."
Tremain was in his home state last season when he joined the Sydney Thunder for BBL09 and he now adds to the Western Zone presence in the Blues squad.
Cowra junior Daniel Hughes has developed into one of the top first-class batsmen in the state in recent seasons while Bathurst's Trent Copeland has had a major impact with the ball ever since his Blues debut in 2010.
Young's Nathan Lyon remains part of the squad and is one of seven Blues with Cricket Australia contracts.
The others are Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Zampa.