Sussex Release Lou Vincent After One Season
Sussex have announced that they are not going to offer Lou Vincent a new contract when his current one expires at the end of the season.
The 32 year-old has endured a difficult time at Hove and was unable to force his way into their Championship side which, coupled with a mixed time in the limited over forms of the game, has meant that the club have decided to release him after just one year.
The decision over whether to renew his contract may have been influenced by the fact that he is over 27 and not England-qualified meaning that Sussex would miss out on financial payments every time he played under the ECB's Incentive Payments scheme.
Vincent, who next plays for Auckland in the Champions League, said of the news, "I think I possibly deserved a second season but Robbo (Sussex coach Mark Robinson) was honest and told me exactly how it is."
Sussex are set for more difficult decisions over the coming days as they decide on the futures of Ollie Rayner and Kolpak duo Naved Arif and Kirk Wernars. If they were to release the latter two, it would mean that three non-England qualified players would have spent just one year at the club without playing regular first-team cricket and reflect badly on decisions made last winter.
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