John was a write off in the draft, professing below average batting, bowling and fielding, though he was similarly skilled in each. However, seeing potential in John's surprisingly fast bowling action, Anti-Inertia stuck with the left-handed quick and were impressed with his progress. John looked set to become Anti-Inertia's primary fast bowler in the future. However, as he trained he got older and older, through 23yo, 24yo, 25yo, 26yo, and it was appearing as though he might never make his debut.
Since the arrival of P.U. Heseltine, the two had trained together in anticipation of an eventual partnership. However, when 27yo John debuted in Season 32, the pair only played 5 games together before Heseltine left the club. In those games, Heseltine was a shadow of his former self, and the prospective parntership amounted to nothing, although John, eager to finally prove himself, ended up with an impressive debut season, taking 69 wickets @ 31.46, having also missed one game of the season. Surprisingly, the club did not replace Heseltine with another fast bowler to join John, making him the first sole fast bowler since A.J. Jacklin's retirement left S.L. Mansell as the sole fast bowler. This was the confidence that John had craved the club would have in him.
The following season, John took the mantle of primary bowler for the entire season, playing every game. His vigourous action made him a frightening impact bowler, taking 3 ten-fors for the season. In whole, a commanding season saw him take 79 wickets @ 31.66. However, the greatest accomplishment was that he had done what Mansell couldn't. That season John was instrumental in leading the club to its second premiership. Due to his match winning efforts throughout the season, John was adjudged to be the club's best player for the season. John's rags to riches story and humble approach to his stardom was a breath of fresh air for supporters of the club, after the dramas unfolding between Mansell, Heseltine and K.M. McNiven.
John put together a middling next season, taking an expensive 65 wickets @ 38.20, though his economy was similar to the previous season. Due in part to this, the club relegated back to Tier 2 despite winning the championship the prior season. This was a painful reality for John who took it harder than most, but instead of expressing it outwardly, he trained harder. He took on the next season with introverted vigour and improved his action to the point where it seemed a ball couldn't physically be bowled any faster. He improved to take 72 wickets @ 33.31 again with similar economy and the club ended the season in the promotion zone. The forever youthful now 30yo John was ready to return to Tier 1 and pick up where he left off. Unfortunately, however, a winless 4 rounds and an expensive 22 wickets @ 36.05 was too much for the club's selectors to bear, and John was dropped for the fifth game of the season.