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‘An exciting time’: Lancashire strengthen squad with signing of Leicestershire all-rounder Wayne White

By Ross McLean

Lancashire have strengthened their squad ahead of the new county season by signing all-rounder Wayne White from Leicestershire.

The Red Rose playing staff has undergone something an overhaul since the end of last season with Gary Keedy, Sajid Mahmood and Ajmal Shahzad all moving to pastures new.

White, 27, follows in the footsteps of Australian batsman Simon Katich and seamer Kabir Ali in joining the Old Trafford ranks, and is full of anticipation following his move. 

“I am delighted to be joining Lancashire and I am excited at the prospect of challenging for trophies in all three formats,” he told the official Lancashire website.

“Working with Peter Moores and his staff is a great opportunity for me and I am excited by his plans for the playing squad.

“I have enjoyed my time with Leicestershire, and it will be a wrench to leave, but I am looking forward to a new, exciting chapter in my career with Lancashire and to be part of a successful playing squad.”

The Derby-born all-rounder has penned a three-year deal with Lancashire after taking more than 150 career wickets and scoring over 2,000 runs.

He turned professional with his home county in 2005 ahead of a move to Grace Road and Leicestershire in 2008 where he was awarded his county cap last season. 

Lancashire coach Peter Moores has re-shaped his squad considerably during the close season and is enthused by the latest piece in his jigsaw.

“It is great news that Wayne has joined us at a very exciting time for the club both on and off the field,” he said.

“Wayne is a rapidly emerging cricketer whose passion to improve and win trophies will match that of the rest of the squad.

“He will give us the depth we need to compete in all three competitions and create healthy competition within the squad for a position in the first-team.”

Cricket Director Mike Watkinson echoed Moores’ sentiments about White – a former semi-professional goalkeeper – having the chance to play a key role in all forms of the game this year.

“Wayne will bring additional quality in our seam bowling department and will also contribute with the bat in the middle order,” he added.

“At 27 years old he is still an emerging cricketer which fits well with our strategy going forward and is adept in all formats of the game.

“He has had an impressive record with Leicestershire over the past couple of seasons which suggests there are better things to come.”

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