North motivated by two-year Glamorgan challenge

Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace is confident the club’s new arrivals Simon Jones and Marcus North will both have a significant impact in 2012.

The Welsh county signed former Australia left-hander North on a two-year deal, replacing last year’s captain Alviro Petersen.

Glamorgan also bolstered their seam attack with 2005 Ashes winner Jones returning from County Championship Division Two rivals Hampshire.

Wallace, handed the captaincy in September after Petersen’s exit, is confident the duo’s international experience can have an effect on the dressing room and the younger players.

“One of the real reasons of bringing Simon back was not just his ability on the field but his experience and what he can give to our side,” said Wallace.

“Being an Ashes winner and a former international player, he’s a real role model for a lot of these guys and the way he prepares and goes about his cricket will hopefully rub off on the rest of us.

“In Marcus North we have a real high-quality overseas player, a recent international, someone who has got international hundreds and he can bowl and bat and has the experience of playing over here quite a bit before.

“We have him for two seasons as well so it’s a longer-term plan as far as Marcus is concerned. He can come and really contribute to the club and both of their impacts should be big.”

Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott also met up with North in Australia during December. “Marcus is extremely motivated by the prospect of playing for the club for at least the next two years,” said Mott.

“Marcus has previously been called to fill in for a number of other counties and the chance to be involved consistently and work toward a common goal is his major motivation.

“He also fell in love with Cardiff during the Test where he scored a hundred in the famous drawn Ashes match.

“Marcus is also very much looking forward to bringing his young family over and will certainly find the Australian connection quite strong.”

But any hopes Glamorgan had of re-signing Petersen as a Kolpak have diminished after the opener made 109 for South Africa in the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

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