County news December 19, 2013

Keedy takes support role at Notts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gary Keedy, the 39-year-old left-arm spinner, is winding down is playing career having agreed to become assistant physiotherapist at Nottinghamshire.

He will still be registered to play for Notts but his primary role will now be as part of the backroom staff for the 2nd XI and academy, also serving as spin-bowling coach.

Keedy left Lancashire, where he spent 18 summers, for Surrey last season as the county parachuted in experienced players to attempt to stabilise the dressing room but appeared only 13 times for the first team.

Since making his debut in 1994, Keedy has racked up 678 first-class wickets at 31.38 and 119 List A scalps at 26.47. He was part of the Lancashire one-day sides that enjoyed much success in the second half of the 1990s and helped return the County Championship to Old Trafford in 2011.

He will now turn his attention to a support role at Trent Bridge as spin-bowling coach. Notts director of cricket, Mick Newell, is keen for specialist assistance for 20-year-olds Sam Wood, an offspinner, and slow left-armer Adam Tillcock, along with the experienced Samit Patel.

"We're pleased to have agreed a deal with Gary," Newell said. "He has a wealth of experience and is uniquely qualified to serve us at this stage of his career.

"He was keen to take the next step towards a full-time career in physiotherapy but still feels that he can contribute to our coaching team and provide an option for those games away from Trent Bridge where we may opt to play two spinners."

Keedy said he was grateful for his brief stay at Surrey: "I have had a great year and would like to thank everyone at the club for their fantastic support.

"The chance to develop my career in physiotherapy at Nottinghamshire was too good an opportunity to turn down at this stage and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead next year."

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  • Mark on December 20, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I too am very pleased with this signing. Rather than merely a sticking plaster for our spin bowling problem it is an opportunity for a very fine finger spinner to help our young slow bowlers and also start his post cricket career as a physio. And as for Surrey, yes he should perhaps have played for them more last year.

  • Cyril on December 19, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Keedy actually bowled very well for Surrey. Certainly he made a far greater contribution (with ball) than Ansari and Batty in 2013. He should never have been signed in the first place, but when called upon he did really well. A controversial choice, but he was my bowler of the year for Surrey, his figures reflect this, and he probably should have played more matches.

  • Michael on December 19, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    it was all too obvious that Surrey could do no right in 2013. They hired a few older heads because of the Maynard tragedy in 2012 in order to add stability and maturity around the place. And as soon as they did they were accused of not giving youth a chance. Keedy is part of the fallout. It was a case of 'hanged if you do,hanged if you don't'. Personally I would advise anyone listening to Bob Willis to check out his present mental state before following his advice. Surrey management were just trying to right an issue. In 2012 we had the youngest team and the youngest captain. Perhaps people in high places should exercise a LITTLE understanding. Youth is not the automatic panacea for all ills, but quality is. Anyway I am glad Keedy has found a hopefully brighter future with his physio skills.