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Bristol reunion for Gidmans

All-rounder to depart Durham and join up with brother

Gidman: wants first-class chance

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Gloucestershire have signed all-rounder Will Gidman from Durham on a two-year contract.

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"Will has developed into a fine all-round cricketer and it is fair to say that his experience at a club the likes of Durham has been a great finishing school, which Gloucestershire will reap the benefits of."

John Bracewell

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Gidman, 25, came through the youth system at Bristol before heading north in 2006.

But he has since made just one first-class appearance and has now decided to move back to Gloucestershire, where his older brother Alex is captain.

"I have absolutely loved my time at Durham, but at 25 I need to focus on where I'm going to get the best cricketing opportunities to develop my game," he told Gloucestershire's official website.

"I'm keen to push on to try to ensure regular first-class appearances and hopefully I'll be able to significantly contribute to the side.

"I'll always have fond memories of the North East, but am very excited to get started at Gloucestershire."

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell believes Gidman is capable of making an impact.

"It is great news about the return of Will Gidman after a period of five years away with MCC young cricketers and then Durham," said Bracewell.

"Will has developed into a fine all-round cricketer and it is fair to say that his experience at a club the likes of Durham has been a great finishing school, which Gloucestershire will reap the benefits of."