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Highly-rated young batsman Ned Eckersley insists he will not join Leicestershire exodus

Ned Eckersley: Staying at Grace Road for at least one more season

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Leicestershire star Ned Eckersley insists he will not be leaving for a bigger county club this winter.

Eckersley was one of the revelations of the county season, scoring 1,275 runs at 53.12 in the championship - a total bettered only by Worcestershire's Moeen Ali in Division Two.

Leicestershire finished bottom of the table, and failed to win a four-day match all season. And Foxes starlets have regularly been snapped up by the likes of neighbours Nottinghamshire.

James Taylor, Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney have all moved to Trent Bridge in recent years, whilst experienced county stalwarts such as Wayne White, Darren Stevens and David Masters have also moved to counties which can pay higher wages.

Eckersley is undoubtedly on the radar of the likes of Nottinghamshire, but he insists he will not leave Grace Road in the short term.

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"Definitely," he told the ECB website. "I've got one year left on my contract at the moment. That's all I'm thinking about really at the minute, keeping my head down.

"I'm going to Adelaide (to train at the Darren Lehmann Academy thanks to the ECB) for five months in the middle of October.

"I definitely see myself here, and I'm just trying to get my head down and concentrate on next year and putting up similar sort of numbers and having a good year again next year.

"It's been a good year personally. I set some high targets at the start of the year and I probably surpassed them, which is nice.

"It's just obviously a shame that we couldn't win a few more games, especially in the four-day stuff. In the one-day competitions we were close to getting into some big matches but we just fell a bit short.

"Hopefully I can score the same amount of runs and contribute to a few more winning matches and some success."