Will Gidman set for Nottinghamshire

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Gloucestershire all-rounder Will Gidman has agreed a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire which begins at the start of the 2015 season.

The 29-year-old, whose contract was due to run out at the end of the summer, had his departure confirmed by the club's Director of Cricket John Bracewell on Friday morning before the Bristol side's Championship game against Worcestershire.

Later on Friday, it was announced that Gidman had agreed terms with the Outlaws, and Bracewell told BBC Radio Gloucestershire that Gidman: "has his reasons for wanting to leave and they are personal reasons."

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Breeding Ground

The Director of Cricket also commented that the second division of the LV County Championship "is the breeding ground for talent because a lot of the clubs know they can't purchase players, they have to make players."

"It then becomes a difficulty for the club to be able to hold onto them. That's something out of the coaching department's hands."

Early Career

Gidman did not play regular first-team cricket until the 2011 season; despite being on the staff at Durham, he registered just one first-team appearance, against Sri Lanka A, and topped up his salary by working part time in a local branch of SportsDirect.

However, after moving to Gloucestershire, the Buckinghamshire-born left-hander flourished, becoming only the seventh player in the history of the Championship to score 1000 runs and take 50 wickets in his debut season.

Alongside his 53 wickets this season, Gidman has also scored 711 runs in the Championship, at an average of 50.79.

New Boss

Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's Director of Cricket, told press of his pleasure at having swooped Gidman despite the interest of several other counties.

"We've lost some experience players in recent years and the likes of Paul Franks and Andre Adams had given our side a balance that we may have lacked next season without taking action," he said

"Will is the perfect fit in that he's a good all-round cricketer who can take the new ball or bowl first change and bat in the middle order. He's taken advantage of the opportunities that he's been given at Gloucestershire and it's pleasing that he has chosen to sign for us when he had several teams fighting for him."

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