County news November 25, 2011

Hamish Marshall pledges his future to Gloucestershire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hamish Marshall has pledged his future to Gloucestershire by accepting a contract offer dependent on the outcome of plans to develop the County Ground.

Marshall, who has been at Gloucestershire since 2006, has been offered two deals, one based on planning permission being received and the other on it being denied. He has agreed to sign either way.

"We thought we were going to have to wait until the outcome of our planning application to agree terms with Hamish, but we have now found a way around that," Gloucestershire's chief executive, Tom Richardson, explained.

"He will be a Gloucestershire player next season whatever happens regarding the ground. He will sign a contract if we develop our facilities and a slightly different one if we don't. Hamish has been extremely good at mentoring our young players and we see him continuing to play a key role in this as well as on the pitch as a senior player himself."

"We had to offer him alternative contracts because if we don't get our ground development through our finances will be tighter. This reflects very well on Hamish as he understands this and we wanted to reassure him he was still wanted."