Ryan Sidebottom is poised to end his career with Yorkshire having been convinced the disappointment of this summer will spur on the current squad to claim silverware in the coming seasonsThe 35-year-old former England left-arm seamer has extended his deal with Yorkshire until 2015 and, despite his advancing years, has been the main spearhead behind their County Championship challenge and is their leading wicket-taker with 46 championship victims.
But despite the disappointment of missing out to Durham to the title in their 150th anniversary season – the Division One leaders will claim their third championship in six years when they beat Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street – Sidebottom believes Yorkshire have a bright future ahead of them.
“This is the best club in the world and I feel we are going places,” said Sidebottom. “We have some great young lads coming through and they are improving every year.
“I believe within the next couple of years we will win some silverware, with the quality of personnel we have coming through we will be amongst the best teams in the country – one of the reasons I came back to Yorkshire was to win trophies.”
Yorkshire have tried to manage Sidebottom’s workload this summer and featured in only two of their 12 matches during a disappointing YB40 campaign and believes he can still contribute for a few years yet.
“From a personal point of view, I’m feeling very fresh and fit,” he said. “I am bowling well and enjoy playing. The guys are pulling me along and the backroom staff are managing my workload and I am feeling the benefit. There is no reason why I can’t go on beyond 2015. I’m certainly not even thinking about retirement, it hasn’t even crossed my mind.
“I want to finish my career at Yorkshire. This is my club and to be part of Yorkshire’s future success is something that gives me great pride. The club have put their faith in me and I want to repay them by taking lots of wickets and developing a winning culture.”
Sidebottom is the 12th player to agree a new contract with Yorkshire this summer and follows just a couple of days after all-rounder Richard Pyrah also agreed new terms with the club.
On the other side of the Pennines, Lancashire have decided to release opener Stephen Moore after four years at the club having struggled to break into their championship line-up in recent seasons.
Moore hit over 1,000 runs in their championship-winning year of 2011 having joined Lancashire from Worcestershire, who are expected to be interested in re-signing him.
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