Yorkshire Reveal Wicket-Keeping Shake-Up

Yorkshire Reveal Wicket-Keeping Shake-Up
Yorkshire Reveal Wicket-Keeping Shake-Up
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Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed that long-serving wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy will not have his contract renewed for the 2013 season.

Brophy 36, has been an excellent servant to Yorkshire cricket since arriving at Headingley in 2006. He received his 1st XI county cap in 2008 and enjoyed a Benefit season in 2011. Gerard leaves a Club where he has become extremely popular and is now free to pursue opportunities elsewhere, with everyone in Yorkshire cricket wishing him well.

Brophy said: "I'm disappointed to be leaving Yorkshire after seven great years. I've had twenty years playing cricket and all good things must come to an end. I've always given my all for the White Rose and wish the Club well in the future."

Martyn Moxon, Director of  Cricket, said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Gerard since I returned to the Club in 2007. He has been an excellent servant to the Club and has been a key member of the dressing room. He will be missed around the squad. I would like to record my appreciation for his professionalism and dedication to the Yorkshire cause over the last seven years and wish him every success in the future."

Andrew Hodd has been signed on loan from Sussex as cover for Jonny Bairstow, and his ever increasing England commitments, for the remainder of Yorkshire's LV= County Championship season.  22 year-old Dan Hodgson, who made his senior debut on Sunday in the CB40 match against Unicorns at Headingley Carnegie, will continue to keep in that format of the game.

Andrew Hodd 28, made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2003 and also spent time at Surrey. As a former England U19 player, he's played in 57 first-class matches, scoring 2,006 runs at 29.07 including 4 centuries. As well as impressing with the bat he's also bagged 113 catches and effected 12 stumpings in the first-class game and brings with him a wealth of experience during a loan spell where he will take the Championship gloves whenever Jonny Bairstow is unavailable.

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