Opening batsman Stephen Moore has completed a move to Lancashire having been released by Worcestershire following their relegation from LV County Championship Division One.
Moore activated a release clause in his Worcestershire contract to sign a two-year deal at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old effectively replacing Mal Loye, who has returned to Northamptonshire.
“To join a club of Lancashire’s stature is a fantastic opportunity for me at this stage in my career," Moore said. " I am confident that the club will provide me with the platform to grow and develop as a player and person. I look forward to being a part of the club’s future development, and will strive to contribute in every way I can to the success of the team on and off the field.“
Director of cricket Mike Watkinson added: “Stephen is a highly regarded batsman with a proven track record in county cricket, who will add quality to our top order in all forms of cricket. Not only will Stephen’s arrival strengthen our batting unit but he will compliment those younger members of the squad who we see taking on more responsibility in the future.”
Moore represented the England Lions on two occasions in 2009, against the West Indians and the Australians, scoring a century at New Road in the latter match although he only scored one other century in the rest of the 2009 first-class season.
Former England coach Peter Moores, now in charge at Lancashire, was full of praise for his new South African-born acquisition.
“It’s fantastic news that Stephen has decided to join Lancashire," he said. "We were keen to secure his services and are delighted he shares the same vision that we have for this great Club. Not only is he a quality cricketer but has all the attributes and characteristics we look for in a person. We look forward to seeing Stephen play an important role in the future success of the team.”
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