English import Lewis Gregory is out of quarantine and eager to fire up Brisbane's Big Bash League campaign in the absence of superstar skipper Chris Lynn.
Two days after his hotel quarantine ended on Christmas Day and with just one training session under his belt, Gregory blew apart Hobart's stacked top order at the Gabba on Sunday in his Heat debut.
The 28-year-old claimed the scalps of D'Arcy Short, English teammate Dawid Malan and Hobart skipper Peter Handscomb to become the first Heat bowler to take three wickets on debut.
His 3-22 was a man-of-the-match display as the Heat broke their duck in this summer's BBL to claim a four-wicket win and move off the bottom of the competition ladder.
It was a perfect start for Brisbane as they enter a three-week stretch without their talismanic skipper Lynn, who injured a hamstring ahead of last Tuesday's loss to Adelaide at the Gabba.
Gregory says that with the Heat aiming to have Lynn back for the final weeks of the competition, the team's aim is to get themselves firmly in the finals hunt by the time the big-hitting batsman returns.
"Lynny's obviously a huge loss but it's nice for him to be around the boys for the next couple of weeks and obviously trying to get fit," he said.
"Hopefully we can have a really good four or five games and be in a great position for when he returns."
Gregory's arrival is a boost for the Heat after fellow Englishman Dan Lawrence signed off on Sunday before beginning his preparations as part of the English Test squad to tour Sri Lanka in January.
Another English international, Joe Denly, is set to finish his quarantine period in Wednesday in Perth with the Heat hoping he'll be available for the January 2 match against the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane.
Former South African Test quick Morne Morkel is also expected to be available in January once the Sydney northern beaches resident completes two weeks quarantine in northern NSW and recovers from an ankle injury.
It all has Gregory optimistic that he's joining a team on the up despite their slow start to the summer.
"They've had a tough start. You can't shy away from that but there were a couple of games that could quite easily have gone our way and it looks completely different," Gregory said.
"T20 is a game where it's massively about momentum and breaking that sort of losing streak is massive."