Leicestershire have offered James Taylor a one-year contract extension but the future of the England one-day international batsman remains in doubt.
Taylor was the subject of an audacious approach in mid-season from Warwickshire who offered Leicestershire compensation and a player-swap in an attempt to lure one of England’s brightest prospects from Grace Road.
Leicestershire rebuffed Warwickshire’s initial approach and said they would try to keep hold of 21-year-old Taylor.
They have now offered Taylor an extension to his existing contract, which expires at the end of next season. But the extension is unsigned at the moment and it may be that Taylor, frustrated at falling behind the likes of Alex Hales, Ben Stokes and Jonathan Bairstow in the international pecking order, requests to be released from his contract with immediate effect.
“We’ve offered James an extension to his existing contract and are waiting to hear from him,” said Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall. “The ball is in his court.”
Leicestershire have set no deadline for Taylor to sign or reject the offer but they do not intend to let the uncertainty rumble on into the winter.
If Taylor does ask to be released, Leicestershire are unlikely to stand in his way and they may well decide that a compensation offer from another county offers a sensible way for them to buy in a replacement.
Nottinghamshire, who have already recruited Leicestershire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney for next season, are also understood to be monitoring Taylor’s contract negotiations at Grace Road with keen interest.
Taylor, who made his England debut in last month’s one-day international against Ireland in Dublin, has so far declined to comment on speculation surrounding his future.