Brooks set to reject suitors and commit to Northants

Jack Brooks is set to give Northamptonshire a boost and disappoint five other counties by signing a new contract at Wantage Road.

The former Oxfordshire fast bowler is out of contract at the end of the season and has already attracted formal 28-day approaches from five more counties including Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon travelled to Wantage Road on Friday July 22 to watch Brooks in action against Derbyshire but it now seems likely that the 27-year-old is prepared to extend his stay with Northamptonshire.

Though Brooks initially played second team cricket for Surrey, it was Northamptonshire who offered him his first professional contract after he impressed in trials three years ago.

He made his first-class debut against Australia at Northampton two years ago and was given more first team opportunities last season. Brooks has also now won England Lions selection for the forthcoming matches against Sri Lanka A in August.

While Brooks is set to commit himself to a new deal with Northamptonshire the future of former England one-day international batsman Mal Loye remains uncertain.

Loye, who rejoined his native county for last season, has been troubled by a groin injury this season and only returned to Championship action against Derbyshire because Alex Wakely was sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Left-arm seamer David Lucas is also out of contract with Northamptonshire at the end of the season with Worcestershire believed to be interested in talking to the 32-year-old whose previous county stints included Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

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