Thursday 11 January 2007 

Yorkshire Issue Statement Regarding Anthony McGrath

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club today learned that Anthony McGrath had, through his solicitor issued a press release stating that he is leaving the club with immediate effect. Moreover, he has stated that, despite extensive discussions, his differences with the club have not been able to be resolved.

The club would like to put on record that it has worked tirelessly over the past few months trying to find a solution to the grievances raised by Anthony. This has included the offer of releasing him from two years of his contract at the end of the 2007 season if he was still unhappy. In addition, he has subsequently been offered the captaincy of the club, an improved package of personal terms and the chance to lead the team he has played for since his childhood thus being able to address many of the deficiencies he complained of in 2006. In all cases he chose to turn down the club’s offers.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club stated, “Following our own legal advice, we have notified Anthony’s solicitor that we believe he is in breach of his contract in trying to terminate his agreement with the club in this way. We have tried endlessly to resolve the differences Anthony has with the club and feel very hurt that he has chosen to try and break his contract in this manner after being with us for so long. We are now in discussions with our solicitors regarding the possibility of legal action against Anthony and also prospectively against his agent regarding his role in this matter.”


Gillian McGuigan, Yorkshire CCC