Leicestershire run the rule over paceman Joseph

Leicestershire are running the rule over pace bowler Robbie Joseph who was released by Kent at the end of last season.

The 29-year-old English-qualified Antiguan will spend the winter at Grace Road working with Leicestershire’s home-based players and also the county’s strength and conditioning coach Josh Gabriel-Clarke.

Joseph made his first-class debut in 2000 while he was still at school and toured New Zealand with England Lions two years ago.

But a promising career has stalled in recent seasons because of shoulder problems and Kent decided to part company with Joseph in September.

He is keen to prolong his county career and Leicestershire have a vacancy for a pace bowler having lost left-armer Harry Gurney to neighbours Nottinghamshire.

Leicestershire also have a gap to fill in their batting line-up following the decision of former South Africa batsman Martin van Jaarsveld to withdraw from the two-year contract he signed when he joined them from Kent in September.

Leicestershire had lined up former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who had two months with Warwickshire at the start of last season, as a possible overseas signing but that was as a replacement for James Taylor, who is expected to join Nottinghamshire.

But Yousuf is understood to want to play only County Championship cricket and his reluctance to play one-day cricket, which was an issue when Warwickshire discussed extending his contract last season, has complicated matters for Leicestershire.

“We have got feelers out there already and conversations are on-going,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase.

“We have got a list of players who could be interesting. So we are going to look at the position and see where we can take things further. This is starting the process. From there we get into negotiations and contracts.”

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