Gloucestershire CCC announce that spinner Ed Young and all-rounder Paul Muchall will leave club
LEFT-ARM spinner Ed Young is leaving Gloucestershire.
The 24-year-old played in just one LV=County Championship match last season after being hampered by a wrist injury, although he was selected for seven Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures and made two Friends Life t20 appearances.
With Tom Smith making his loan switch from Middlesex permanent, the expected return of the suspended Jack Taylor next year and the emergence of England under-19 spinners Miles Hammond and Tom Shrewsbury, Young’s chances would have been more limited.
Young initially signed a two-year development contract with the club in August 2010, having played for Oxford MCCU and represented the Unicorns in the 40-over competition, and went onto to become an important member of the one-day sides.
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell said: “It is with some regret that Ed will leave Gloucestershire Cricket.
“For three years he has been a major game player in our short form cricket, but with the signing of Tom Smith and three young promising off-spinners on our books we are unable to carry any more.
“I am sure Ed’s cricketing career is not complete and we wish him well in its continuance.”
Paul Muchall is also leaving Gloucestershire after two years with the club in which first team opportunities have been limited.
The all-rounder joined on the eve of the 2012 season following a successful trial spell with the club and made four County Championship appearances and one in the 40-over competition.
However, he has only played second team cricket this year and will now concentrate on his coaching career.
Bracewell said: “Paul’s opportunities over the last two years with us have been limited as he has had to compete for the all-rounder spot against Will Gidman and Benny Howell.
“This made it hard for him to break into the first team squad. Paul is to continue his coaching options and will no doubt excel in this.”
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