County news October 18, 2013

White heads back to Northants

ESPNcricinfo staff

Northamptonshire have re-signed left-arm spinner Graeme White after a four-year spell with Nottinghamshire. White returned to Wantage Road on loan for a period last season and has now agreed a two-year deal.

White, 26, has played most of his cricket in the limited-overs formats and averages 19.07 with an economy of 7.41 in Twenty20. In the 2013 Friends Life t20, he took seven wickets in three games for Northants - who eventually went on to win the competition - and then a further ten when recalled by Nottinghamshire. He was also involved in Notts' successful Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign.

"I've truly loved representing Nottinghamshire over the last few seasons and wish to thank Mick Newell, management and the team for helping to evolve my game during this period," White said. "It is such a fantastic team and club, which made it such a hard decision to make.

"But I feel the time is now right for a new challenge, so I'm delighted to be returning back to Northants and excited by the opportunity to compete for a club whom I represented since their academy level. Northants have shown this summer that they possess a potent squad of cricketers, which I am thrilled to be joining and look forward to pursuing yet more silverware going into 2014."

As well as winning the FLt20, Northamptonshire achieved promotion to Division One of the Championship. White will provide further spin options for Northants, who have James Middlebrook and Matt Spriegel on their books, and his signing could end the prospects of a return for another left-arm spinner, Monty Panesar.

"It's great to welcome Graeme back to the County Ground," Northamptonshire's coach, David Ripley, said. "He returns a better bowler than when he left and is hungry to push his career forward in all formats. He performed well while on loan last year and he slotted back into the changing room perfectly. I would like to thank Nottinghamshire for their help in allowing Graeme to leave, a very player centred decision."