Monday 27 November 2006 

McGrath Rejects Captaincy

Anthony McGrath has turned down the offer of the Yorkshire captaincy - and still wants to leave the county. Yorkshire confirmed that all-rounder Anthony had rejected a lucrative three-year deal with significantly improved terms.

Chief Executive Stewart Regan said the Club had been in detailed discussions with the player for over four weeks, and despite the latest offer of the captaincy a resolution has not been found.

"We are bitterly disappointed that Anthony has turned down this opportunity," Stewart said. "He has been a Yorkshire player since his teens, and it is sad that he no longer wants to be part of this Club.

"I have personally spent several hours with him over the past few weeks, offered him the captaincy and a very attractive contract, but he still wishes to go elsewhere. I have therefore reminded him that he is under contract with this Club, and we are not prepared to release him from his obligation.

"Unfortunately, it is my understanding that he intends to try and break his contract. If he does not want to play for the Club it will ultimately end up in solicitors' hands. It is a very sad state of affairs.

"This Club has taken some knocks in recent weeks, but it's been around for 143 years, and I'm sure it'll be here for many more. It's at times like this that we need to be united, and I hope members and staff will now get behind the players, in particular the younger lads who will certainly get their chances next season."