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Yorks keen on Ryan return

Seamer being lined up for move back to Headingley

Sidebottom: Yorkshire return?

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Yorkshire have revealed they are eager to bring seamer Ryan Sidebottom back to Headingley should, as expected, he depart Nottinghamshire.

The 32-year-old from Huddersfield left his home county in 2003 to join Notts and has been a big success at Trent Bridge.

His form at county level also saw him go on to star for England both in Test cricket and the shorter form of game, including a leading role in England's World T20 victory earlier in the year.

However, Sidebottom looks set to leave Notts after failing to agree a new contract with the left-armer looking for a three-year deal and the county only willing to offer two.

Sidebottom looked to have brought the curtain down on his Trent Bridge career with a bang as he helped Notts clinch the County Championship title with a dramatic win at Lancashire.


His next move could be a return to Headingley with Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale confirming the county had put an offer on the table.

"Ryan is still very passionate about Yorkshire cricket," stated Gale after Yorkshire's defeat by Kent, adding that he hoped a deal could be thrashed out in the coming weeks.

Sidebottom was coy when quizzed about his future, but admitted his time at Notts had been a hugely important chapter in his career.

"I don't know, if it is I've gone out in style," he told Sky Sports when asked if he'd played his last game for Nottinghamshire.

"I think I've performed well and been consistent when I've played for Notts.

"The club's been amazing for me, and Mick Newell. I suppose I wouldn't have played many more games for England if I hadn't played for Notts. So thank you to them whether it's my last game or not, I owe them a massive thank you."

Newell still hopeful

Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell confirmed he had not given up all hope of convincing Sidebottom to remain at Trent Bridge next season.

Newell told Sky Sports: "He knows my door's open. We've told him we'd like him to stay. I've told him if he can't the deal he wants elsewhere to bear us in mind and I hope he does."