Monday, February 09, 2009

Lewis to end career at Glos

Former captain Jon Lewis has signed a new deal that will keep him at the shire until the end of his career.

Lewis said the recent changes behind the scenes felt like a new beginning: "there is a lot of optimism about the place, people are excited and I want to be a part of that. I feel very at home with Gloucestershire and I want to help bring back the good times if I can," said Lewis who's new contract will end when he is 36.

The deal adds to the list of senior players that have committed their future to the Glos. Steve Kirby, Chris Taylor and new captain Alex Gidman have all re-signed during the winter.

While some may be calling for an overhaul of the current playing staff, I believe that a competitive squad already exists, but the circumstances have not been in place for these players to fulfil their potential.

It is vitally important that the core of the squad - a much talented core - remains, and careful additions are made to compliment the experienced old guard. A youth element is there with Saxelby and hopeful a quality oversees acquisition will also be installed.

Jon Lewis has a proven track record, particularly in one-day cricket, and hopefully, free of the burden of captaincy, he can recreate the form that saw him gain an England selection as recently as 2007, and help the shire rebuild and become a force on the county circuit once again.

Interview by GCCC: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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