Moores signs again with Lancashire as Northants recruit Bird

Lancashire have been handed a significant boost ahead of the 2014 county season with the news that head coach Peter Moores has signed a one-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Emirates Old Trafford until the end of 2015.

The former England coach also told the Manchester Evening News that he has turned down a number of job offers to stay with the Red Rose county, the club he supported as a boy.

Moores was recently linked with the ECB’s managing director of England cricket role, which has since been filled by Paul Downton, and the head coach’s roles at Surrey (Graham Ford has since got that) and Sri Lanka (still to be filled). 2015 will be Moores’ seventh season with Lancashire.

“I have been approached by other people,” said Moores, who joined them in 2009 and still his ambitions to return to international cricket. “To be honest, you would be a bit worried if you weren’t being linked with other jobs or if no-one ever approached you.

“In the end, this is what I do for a living and I am ambitious, just like players are.

“And international cricket is a very exciting place to coach. But there is a lot you have to sacrifice. By the nature of the job you are away a lot, and that has an impact on your family.

“Lancashire is a really nice fit for me at the moment. And committing for two years suits me, it gives me flexibility in my career and also provides stability for the club.

“Lancashire is one of the big five counties in the country - and it has always been my club, coming from Macclesfield. I am really enjoying my time here, and since being here I have got better as a coach.

“The energy at the club is really exciting, with what has happened off the field in terms of the redevelopment and having the Ashes Test here. It is a great time to be involved. And to go with the great facilities, we are hopefully building a great team too.

“We have been through a lot in the last three years – winning the Championship, being relegated and then coming straight back up again this season playing some great cricket.

“They are learning experiences for us all. And with what we have learnt, and the desire we have, we can go a long way.”

Lancashire were promoted to the County Championship’s Division One last month alongside Northamptonshire, who have also made the news today with the overseas signing of Australian fast bowler Jackson Bird for 2014.

The 26-year-old Ashes contender replaces Trent Copeland, and will play ten Championship and seven Twenty20 matches for the Wantage Road club.

Chief Executive David Smith said: “The signing of Bird alongside Maurice Chambers and Graeme White will see the completion of the club’s recruitment policy for next season.”

James Buttler

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