Warwickshire are set to complete the signing of left-arm spinner Gary Keedy from Lancashire.
Warwickshire made a formal approach for the out-of-contract Keedy in mid-season and are understood to have secured the services of the 36-year-old Yorkshireman on a two-year contract. Surrey also made a a 28-day approach for Keedy.
A formal announcement is unlikely to be made before the end of the season while Keedy concentrates his efforts on helping Lancashire win their first County Championship outright since 1934.
Though Keedy will be 37 by the start of next season he is held in high regard by Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles, himself a former left-arm spinner.
Warwickshire are seeking an experienced spinner to replace Ant Botha who has been given permission to speak to other counties but who is now struggling with a career-threatening elbow injury.
Warwickshire already have two more left-arm spinners on the staff in Chris Metters and Paul Best, who is currently on loan with Northamptonshire. Both have shown some early promise but they are still learning their craft and Warwickshire hope that Keedy’s signing will give the youngsters time to develop further.
Lancashire also have two promising younger slow left-armers in Simon Kerrigan and Stephen Parry, both of whom have played for England Lions, on their staff, and they have reached the stage where they need to be playing regular first team cricket.
If Keedy continues to block their route to the first team then Lancashire face the prospect of losing one or both of two promising youngsters that have emerged from their academy system.
Keedy joined Lancashire in 1995 after he had made one appearance for Yorkshire and is widely regarded as being exceptionally unlucky not to have had any international recognition.