Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Bitter Farewell for Hero of 2005

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Bitter Farewell for Hero of 2005

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E NGLAND Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard is looking for a new county after his association with Yorkshire ended in a war of words yesterday morning.

The 32-year-old told a national newspaper he had "effectively been sacked" after being told his contract would not be renewed after 15 years at Headingley.

Yorkshire countered by pointing out that Hoggard rejected a "lucrative" new deal earlier in the season because he wanted better terms and, with other issues to consider, they were unable to meet them.

The county also expressed their disappointment at Hoggard's decision to speak to the media first and denied any suggestion that they had offered him the captaincy. Chief executive Stewart Regan said: "Matthew was offered a very lucrative contract at the beginning of the season that would have made him one of the club's highest-paid players.

"He turned it down, wanting more money and a longer contract.

"We couldn't make the commitment at the time and said we would review things once the season concluded.

"In the meantime a number of things have happened - the tightening of work permit regulations which make it harder to sign overseas players and there is a lot of demand for young English-qualified talent.

"We have had a lot of interest from other counties in our players and therefore we have spent more money in reviewing our playing staff for the 2010 season.

"It was very clear we weren't going to be in a position to take on another large salary. "We notified Matthew at his appraisal on October 8 we weren't going to be offering him another contract. Matthew had made it very clear that unless he got a long contract it was, to use his words, a deal-breaker. The club felt at 32, coming up 33, to be asking for a long contract was not realistic.

"Obviously he has chosen to announce it in the public way he has, which we are disappointed about."

Hoggard was Yorkshire's top wickettaker in the LV County Championship this year with 46 and his hat-trick in the penultimate game against Sussex contributed significantly to the club's survival in Division One. …

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