Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gough Answers the Call for Home Help

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gough Answers the Call for Home Help

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Byline: By Andy Hampson

Darren Gough could not resist the lure of his home county after leaving Essex to return to Yorkshire as captain yesterday.

The veteran England fast bowler left Headingley after a breakdown in his relationship with the club three years ago but he has been tempted back by the offer of leading the side.

Barnsley-born Gough, 36, has agreed a two-year contract with a 12-month exit option with the county he first represented in 1989.

The move could reinvigorate Gough's career after his omission from England's World Cup squad effectively signalled the end of his international ambitions.

Gough said: "It is a big accolade for me to be asked to come back as captain. I love a challenge and this is the biggest challenge at my age.

"It runs through my veins, it's Yorkshire. To play for Yorkshire was a big dream for me. Essex offered me a good contract last August but it never got round to getting signed.

"I thought, deep in my heart and mind, that something might be available at Yorkshire. I thought it wouldn't work out but, when Yorkshire did get in touch and said what they wanted me to do, I couldn't turn it down. It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I thought today would never happen. When I left a few years ago I had the opportunity to be captain but circumstances took me away. This is a proud day. I can't wait for the opportunity."

Yorkshire have endured a turbulent winter but Gough's appointment at least brings to an end their long search for a replacement for Craig White, who stood down at the end of last season. Sussex's Chris Adams was publicly paraded before Christmas after accepting the roles of both captain and director of cricket but he embarrassed the club by changing his mind and staying on the south coast.

Yorkshire now hope to have a new director of cricket, to succeed the departed David Byas, in place by next week and Gough is also hopeful their contract dispute with Anthony McGrath can be resolved. …

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