County news October 12, 2004

Kirby moves to Gloucestershire

Wisden Cricinfo Staff

Steve Kirby is joining Gloucestershire © Getty Images
Gloucestershire have signed Steve Kirby, who asked to be released from Yorkshire last month.

Gloucestershire have won the race to sign Steve Kirby, who was released by Yorkshire last month with one year of his contract remaining.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club like Gloucestershire whose track record and reputation speaks for itself," he said. "The club's ambitions to excel in all forms of the game match mine perfectly. I am a great believer in actions speaking louder than words and can't wait to get stuck in to what should be an exciting challenge that lies ahead."

Kirby, 27, played a crucial role in Yorkshire's Championship-winning season of 2001, taking 47 first-class wickets at just over 20 apiece. This performance earned him a place in the first England Academy squad which left for Australia in November 2001. But he has since struggled to produce the same form. In 2004, he claimed only 31 wickets at an average of more than 36, after suffering with a niggling back problem.

"Steve Kirby's recent record is very impressive but more importantly, he has the character and spirit that would compliment our squad perfectly," Mark Alleyne, head coach at Gloucestershire, said. "I look forward immensely to working with such a talented and committed cricketer."