Hearne joined fellow Australian Under 19 player, leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha on the rookie list. Both teenagers represented Australia at the Male ICC Under 19 World Cup, in South Africa, during January and February.
Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood headlined the nine Sixers to receive a Blues contract. They joined Sixers captain Moises Henriques, fast bowlers Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Mickey Edwards and his brother Jack, and batsman Daniel Hughes.
Left-handed opener Hughes is the reigning Steve Waugh Medallist as the NSW Male Player of the Season. He scored more than 1,000 runs across both the Marsh Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup competitions last season.
Experienced fast bowler Chris Tremain joined Australian One-Day and T20 leg-spinner Adam Zampa as new recruits in the Blues squad.
NSW Blues 2020/21 squad