Gleeson happy to head home

10 September 2018 10:14:28 EST

Fast bowler Richard Gleeson is relishing the opportunity to play for his home county, having agreed to join Lancashire from Northamptonshire on a three-year contract.

The 30-year-old right-armer, who has played for the England Lions, asked to be released from his contract with Northants to return to his native north-west and is pleased to have been allowed to push through a deal.

He told his new county's official website: "I'm over the moon to have signed for Lancashire. It was always a dream of mine to play for my boyhood county and this was an opportunity I couldn't turn down.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity Northants have given me over the last three years, but I feel that this is the perfect move for me at this stage of my career."

Gleeson was a relative latecomer to first-class cricket, but has made up for lost time by taking 83 wickets in 22 matches at an average of 22.37.

Meanwhile, Lancs head coach Glen Chapple is happy to have made a decent addition to the Red Rose squad, adding: "We are really pleased to have signed Richard on a three-year contract.

"He is a quality fast bowler and is a player that will strengthen our attack in all three formats of the game in the coming years."

Lancashire are involved in T20 Blast Finals Day and are 5/2 to lift the trophy, with Sussex priced at 13/5 and Somerset available at 11/4.

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