WESTERN Storm players have worked hard in the Indoor School at the Centre of Excellence in Taunton, their build-up to the new season obviously being affected by the bad weather, writes Richard Walsh. Looking ahead to the new season skipper Sophie Luff said: “There is always an air of anticipation, excitement  and eagerness ahead of the new season. Sadly the weather hasn’t been ideal.” This season Western Storm will be joined by Australian spinner, Amanda-Jade Wellington. The 26 year old Australian International has played in 14 ODIs, eight IT20s and one Test for her country, taking 30 wickets across the formats. During her career she has played in 223 T20 matches, taking 266 wickets at an average of 17.40 with a best of five for eight. She has also claimed 143 List A wickets at an average of 25.02 with a best of six for 25. Regarding the new signing Sophie said: “We are really pleased to have signed Amanda-Jade Wellington, who is a class performer.” Talking about her own winter Sophie said: “It went really well. I spent the first half of it here doing a physical block and some technical stuff and then headed to Sydney and played a few games for Paramatta.”