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Adam Rossington to join Essex CCC on loan

Adam Rossington to join Essex CCC on loan
Adam Rossington to join Essex CCC on loan
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Essex County Cricket Club are pleased to welcome Adam Rossington to the Club after signing on a season-long loan from Northamptonshire.

The 28-year-old met his new teammates ahead of the Club’s Media Day on Monday morning and was excited to be making the move to Chelmsford on the eve of the new season.

Rossington said: “The move came about quickly and it’s great to make the move to Essex before the season gets underway.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing at Chelmsford and I hope I can make valuable contributions alongside this talented group of players in both red and white-ball formats.”

The wicket-keeper-batter will be available for selection for Thursday’s opening match of the LV= Insurance County Championship against Kent at The Cloud County Ground.

Head Coach, Anthony McGrath, said: “I’m delighted to bring someone of Adam’s quality to the Club ahead of the new season.

“We’ve already seen the wealth of talent in the squad during our pre-season programme, but we wanted to secure Adam’s services when the opportunity presented itself.

“The signing will give us more options over the course of a busy summer of cricket and create some healthy competition for places which is an important factor to improving as a group and achieving success.

“He was Northants’ captain up until recently so will also bring those leadership qualities and added experience to the group, which is important, especially following the departures of experienced squad members last year.”

Chief Executive & Interim Chair, John Stephenson, added: “The Club are thriving to compete across all formats this season, so having squad depth and quality players is fundamental to providing Anthony McGrath with the tools he needs to achieve success.

“I know what Adam can bring to the Club both on and off the field from my time with him at London Spirit last year and his skill set in all formats will give the team further options during a busy and arduous season.”

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club can confirm Adam Rossington has joined Essex on loan.

Rossington departs on a season-long agreement but will not be available for selection in matches against Northamptonshire in any competition.

“It’s disappointing Adam doesn’t see his future with Northamptonshire, but everyone at the Club truly wishes him well for the future and we thank him for his fantastic service over the past 8 years and as Captain most recently.” Chief Executive Ray Payne said.

“Adam did a brilliant job as Captain after taking over in difficult circumstances in 2019 and the Cricket Committee had Adam as a central part of our plans moving forward.

“Conversations around keeping him here had been ongoing since the end of last season so it’s a shame he won’t be with the squad as they take that place in Division One.”

Rossington has made 192 appearances for the club since joining in 2014 and led a remarkable run of results to secure the side’s promotion during the final game of the 2019 season.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 8 years at Northamptonshire and was looking forward to leading the lads in Division One this season. I wasn’t expecting a change so I’m sad to be leaving, but the club will always hold a special place in my heart.” Rossington said.

“We’ve created some wonderful memories in that dressing room that I’ll take with me and I’d like to say thank you to my teammates and the supporters as well.”

Rossington requested time away from the squad after a change in the Club’s leadership group. The Cricket Committee were happy to support this and maintained a conversation throughout, but unfortunately could not come to an agreement.

Ricardo Vasconcelos has been named as the Club’s new Championship Captain and will lead the side in the opening game of the LV= Insurance County Championship against Gloucestershire on Thursday.