Friday 2 March 2007 

McGrath To Stay At Yorkshire For 2007

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that Anthony McGrath will be remaining at Headingley for at least 2007 and hopefully for the duration of his contract. Agreement was reached with the player yesterday evening and the mediation due to take place at Lord’s today was cancelled.

The agreement with Anthony will provide an exit clause for the player at the end of the 2007 season if he is still unhappy at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. However, given recent developments at the Club and in particular the return of Darren Gough as Captain, it is hoped that Anthony will remain at Yorkshire for the duration of his career.

Commenting on the situation, Stewart Regan, Yorkshire’s Chief Executive said “This is the piece of news that Yorkshire members and supporters have been waiting for. We have said all along that Anthony was an important member of our squad and we were not prepared to simply let him walk away from a contract with 3 seasons to run.

"We have worked hard to turn things around at Headingley Carnegie and bring in some exciting players and we have proved to Anthony that we are ambitious and determined to bring success back to this Club. Most importantly we will create the right environment in which he can play cricket to the highest possible standard and be happy in so doing.

"This is a very good week for The Yorkshire Cricket Club and I am delighted that Anthony will be remaining with us. Our relationship has never faltered during the legal process which has taken place in the background and that has helped enormously at the 11th hour.”

Anthony will join the rest of the playing squad including Captain Darren Gough on Thursday March 8th when the players line up for pre-season training. Anthony McGrath commented as follows: “Having fully considered my position I have decided to withdraw from the mediation which was due to take place today. I want to remain as part of the Yorkshire team and do not want to leave only to then regret my decision as Yorkshire go from strength to strength.”

McGrath will line up with the rest of the Yorkshire Team when they take on Surrey in the first game of the season at the Brit Oval on Wednesday 18th April 2007.

Please click here to read the full statement from Anthony McGrath.