Harris Returns To Derbyshire With Coaching Role
Former Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire bowler AJ Harris is set to return to Derbyshire where he will coach the second team.
Harris, 37, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the team in 2011, which will allow Academy Director Karl Krikken to concentrate his efforts fully on youth development.
“The development of young players from our Academy to the professional game is massively important to the progression of the Club," head of cricket John Morris said.
“With the likes of Tom Poynton, Dan Redfern, Jake Needham, Paul Borrington and Atif Sheikh already on professional contracts, Karl is already doing a fantastic job working in partnership with the Derbyshire Cricket Board.
“With the way the ECB are now financially rewarding counties with Performance Related Fee Payments for the selection of home grown players, it is more important than ever that we continue to nurture our own talent.
“The recruitment of AJ allows Karl to concentrate solely on that task. The Second XI is a crucial breeding ground for these young cricketers so the two of them will work very closely together.
“AJ’s experience, meanwhile, will become another valuable asset to our coaching staff. It will be great to have him back at the Club.”
Harris played for Derbyshire for six years between 1994 and 1999 before moving to Nottinghamshire. Following loan spells with Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, he ended his playing career at Leicestershire, taking 451 wickets in 147 first-class matches.
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