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Allenby to leave Grace Road

Australian-born all-rounder on way out delaying contract extension

Allenby: No new deal

All-rounder Jim Allenby is set to leave Leicestershire after he failed to agree a new deal at the club.

The 27-year-old had been given until July 31 to sign a three-year contract extension but, after indicating that he wanted more time, he was told the offer had been withdrawn.

Chief executive David Smith told the Leicester Mercury: "Jim first approached me about an extension to his contract more than 12 months ago when we wanted to support him through a difficult period and the club offered Jim a two-year contract extension.

"However, he decided to circulate his details to other counties during May of the current season.

"The club then made an improved three-year contract offer in early June as we saw Jim as an important part of the future.

"During the last few days, the club have worked closely with the players association (PCA) to find an agreement but, following a meeting on Wednesday, Jim confirmed that he would not agree to sign the contract before the pre-agreed deadline."

Disappointment

Allenby said earlier this month that he wanted to represent England and he admits the delay in signing the new deal came about because he wanted to choose the best option to further his international hopes.

However, he says he is hugely disappointed by the club's decision as he could have stayed on if given more time.

"It is the most important decision of my career. If I am going to play for England, it will happen in that time," he said.

"I need to make sure that this decision is the right one.

"I'm extremely disappointed. I hadn't made my mind up to leave the club. I was considering all my options with advice from people I trust."

Kent are among the club's believed to be interested in Allenby.