Kemp: I want to stay at Kent
Former South African all-rounder determined to win appeal
Last Updated: April 24, 2008 10:05am
Kemp: Determined to play for Kent
Former South African all-rounder Justin Kemp remains hopeful that he will win his battle to play for Kent.
Kemp has agreed a two-year Kolpak deal with Kent, however the ECB have refused to register him because of his involvement in the Indian Cricket League.
However Kemp and Kent have vowed to fight the ECB's decision, with the big-hitting 30-year-old having teamed up with the Spitfires a week ahead of Wednesday's appeal hearing.
And Kemp is determined to win his appeal so he can concentrate on building a new life at Kent.
Kemp told the Kent Messenger Group: "I think everyone who knows me or has had dealing with me in the past knows my desire to play for Kent is huge.
"I have been approached by one or two other counties to play in England, but I've played some of my best cricket for Kent and Kent is where I want to be.
"I've signed up for two years and I'm already looking longer-term than that because I'm in an environment here where I can really enjoy myself.
"It has been nerve racking for me and I am disappointed at not being allowed to play, but hopefully things can all be resolved next Wednesday and things will sort themselves out.
"I'd like to think that me being over here more than a week ahead of the appeal hearing is a clear indication of how strongly I want to play for the club.
"I would never have made the decision to play in India if I had known at the time I was putting my career with Kent into any jeopardy whatsoever. That's clear with all my dealings, before I did anything I spoke with Kent first."