Double blow for Leicestershire as Gurney opts to leave

Harry Gurney has dealt Leicestershire a double blow on the eve of Friends Life t20 finals day.

The 24-year-old left arm seamer has been ruled out of the showpiece event at Edgbaston with a side strain and has also rejected a new contract with Leicestershire in favour of a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire.

Leicestershire had set Gurney a deadline of Wednesday August 24 to sign the contract they had offered him but he has instead opted to for a move to Trent Bridge.

Although Gurney has been a key member of Leicestershire’s Twenty20 side this season he has played only five County Championship matches in two years.

He is keen to avoid being pigeon-holed as a T20 specialist and expects to have more four-day opportunities with Nottinghamshire who have lacked a left-arm seamer since Ryan Sidebottom rejoined Yorkshire last winter.

Gurney is also based in Loughborough and so will be able to remain close to his roots. But the departure of another promising youngster is bound to set the alarm bells ringing for Leicestershire supporters.

Batsman James Taylor has already been the subject of an approach from Warwickshire. Taylor is under contract with Leicestershire until the end of next season and the Grace Road club have already rejected Warwickshire’s initial approach.

But Warwickshire are expected to renew their interest in Taylor after the end of the season with the offer of compensation and a player in part-exchange likely to prove tempting for the Leicestershire hierarchy.

Seam bowler Nathan Buck is also out of contract at the end of next season and is likely to attract the interest of Leicestershire’s neighbouring Test match counties.

Leicestershire have yet to finalise new contracts with all-rounder Wayne White, seamer Nadeem Malik and batsman Matt Boyce but are understood to have offered new terms to all three.

Severance terms are still being finalised with wicketkeeper Tom New who has been told that he is no longer required at Grace Road even though he has a year remaining on his contract.

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