County news September 30, 2009

Mal Loye returns to Northamptonshire

Cricinfo staff

Lancashire have announced that Mal Loye has decided to rejoin Northamptonshire, the county he first played for before moving to Old Trafford seven seasons ago.

Since arriving at Lancashire in 2003, 37-year-old Loye scored 10,603 runs in all competitions and was awarded a benefit in 2008.

Speaking about Loye's departure, former manager and now Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson said: "Contractual discussions have been ongoing throughout the season. It became apparent that irrespective of the terms or length of our contract offer to Mal; his decision to move on had been made. Mal has made great contributions for Lancashire both on and off the field and I wish him well for the years ahead."