Leicestershire finally have some good news at the end of another disappointing season as they confirmed a deal with Australian medium fast bowler Clint McKay.
After the Division 2 side's leading and home grown players Josh Cobb, Shiv Thakor and Nathan Buck left the club for a better future and the CEO resigning too, they were left mulling about whether they would be able to survive. However, this deal has calmed their chaotic situation down as they look to progress.
The Victoria born McKay, who has 140 wickets at 28.65 apiece in 43 FC matches and 226 wickets in 162 OD games, is set to play a huge role in 2015. When discussing McKay, the Director of Cricket in Leicester, Phil Whitticase said: "We are absolutely thrilled to sign Clint, he'l add a lot of experience and quality to the team.
"Clint has an excellent track record both at international and domestic level and we look forward to him complimenting and working alongside our young bowlers at the club."
The Foxes authorities have been blamed for letting go some of their leading players, but the club issued a 13-page statement making it clear that efforts to make those players stay were made and that the players were not willing to remain at the club at any cost.
It read: "The club accepts that the results over the last two seasons have been extremely disappointing and that members feel that the situation needs to change.
"The club is working tirelessly in terms of player recruitment. The signing of Australia seamer Clint McKay is fantastic news for the club and Leicestershire CCC is seeking further players with the quality and experience that Clint possesses.
"We hope to be in a position to announce further good news in due course.
"The club regrets that a number of home grown players have decided to leave Grace Road at the end of this season. Those players were offered good deals at the club but sadly decided their futures lie elsewhere.
"It is not a case that we are "letting go" of those players. They have turned down contracts here and signed them elsewhere. Sadly, this is out of our control.
"Players have moved from Leicestershire, and other counties, in the past. They will do so in the future. It is certainly not our intention to lose our best players, and we did everything in our power to keep them at the club".
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