Graham Onions confirm Durham departure

Graham Onions has made 139 appearances for Durham
Graham Onions has made 139 appearances for Durham

England seamer Graham Onions has ended a 13-year stint with Durham County Cricket Club after their negotiation for contract extension fell apart.

Onions, who joined Durham in 2004, wanted a two-year deal and also a career in coaching after his retirement but the discussions did not end on a positive note.

However, Durham revealed in a statement that a two-year contract was offered to Onions with the second year on a condition that the 35-year-old does not get injured during the first year. Also, the club declined to give any guarantee to his coaching ambitions.

As both the parties failed to reach a mutual consent, Onions decided to part ways after being part of the 2008, 2009 and 2013 County Championship title-winning squads while also helping the team win the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014.

“It has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I genuinely love Durham County Cricket Club and hoped to finish my career here.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to agree on the length of contract and there doesn't appear to be any guaranteed opportunities for a coaching role in the future.

"So, with a heavy heart I have to leave Durham to ensure a securer future for my family. I would like to thank the club and the members for your support over the last 15 years.

"I hope I will be remembered for wearing the Durham badge with pride and always giving 100%. Durham will always hold a special place in my heart and I hope to return one day".

Onions, who is part of Durham line-up in the final round of County Championship game against Worcestershire picked one wicket from eight overs on day one which was hampered by rain.

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