Friday 17 October 2008 

Deon Kruis Returning To Yorkshire For 2009 After All

Following discussions with Deon Kruis earlier this week The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have reached agreement for the player to return to Headingley Carnegie in 2009 on a one-year contract.

It had been announced last week that Deon would be leaving the Club after four successful seasons from 2005 when he was the Club’s player of the year. Yorkshire felt that Deon had taken too long to make a decision regarding his future and were keen to resolve their bowling requirements given the competitive nature of the market coupled with the need to sign a seam bowler.

In conversations with Deon earlier this week it became apparent that he very much regretted his delay in giving the Club a decision and the fact this had led to the withdrawal of a new county contract. He approached the Club requesting whether they would reconsider the position if he committed himself to Yorkshire for the 2009 season. The Club were prepared to do this and were delighted to welcome Deon back for another season.

A relieved Deon Kruis said: “I have spent the last few nights worrying about where I would be playing my cricket in 2009. I know the Club were keen to make a decision and I understand their position in that they felt I had taken too long to make my mind up.

"I have spoken to them about this and both Stewart Regan and Martyn Moxon have confirmed that they want me to be part of the squad at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. On that basis I hope I can put the events of the last week behind me and join the squad next March to hopefully help the Club win some silverware. I feel I still have a lot to offer and I cannot wait to get stuck in once again."

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, said: "We were disappointed last week with where we ended up so far as Deon Kruis is concerned. We had made it clear all along that we wanted him in our squad; however, it appeared that he was dragging his heels and giving us the impression that he wanted to join another club.

"It is now obvious that this is not the case and having heard him say that he does not want to play cricket for anyone else then that is good enough for us! We are delighted to have him back next season. His performances at the end of the season just gone were outstanding and he has got a lot to offer us going forward."

Deon will join up with the Squad in Abu Dhabi in March 2009 when the Club return to the Middle East to defend the Pro-Arch Trophy which they won earlier this year.

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