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Allenby contract talks break down

James Allenby
I think I've done enough to earn the right to take as much into consideration as I could. I've had great times here and didn't expect them to be over

James Allenby

Leicestershire all-rounder James Allenby is looking for a new club after talks over a new three-year deal broke down, reports BBC Radio Leicestershire.

The English-qualified Australian wanted more time to mull over a decision he says is "the biggest of his career".

But the club were adamant he has had plenty of time to weigh up his options.

Allenby, 26, said: "I've been told I'm not to play any more for Leicestershire this season. I have not decided to leave. I just needed more time."

Chief executive David Smith said the club have been working hard to reach an agreement but had been unable to do so.

Smith explained: "The club had offered Jim a three-year contract. The offer was conditional on the player signing the contract by not later than Friday, 31 July.

"The player decided to circulate his details to other counties during May of the current season. The club then made an improved three-year contract offer in early June seeing Jim as an important part of the future."

But Allenby, who has been left out of the Foxes' squad for the County Championship clash with Surrey starting at The Oval on Friday, added: "I explained that this decision was going to be the biggest in my career coming into the next three years where I will be at my peak.

"If I'm going to play for England it will be in the next two or three-year period so I needed all the information to make the best decision I could.

"I explained at this point I was not ready to make a decision that was going to have such a big impact on my career and life and I just needed a little bit more time.

"I understand fully where the chief executive [David Smith] was coming from in wanting to get next year sorted but subsequently I've been told I'm not to play any more cricket for Leicestershire this season and am not to come into the ground or the changing room."

Allenby said Leicestershire's decision came as a surprise given the fact there is still a lot of cricket to be played this season.

"I know I've been forced into this. I have not decided to leave Leicestershire. All I decided was I was not in a position to make a decision just yet," he said.

"There is another half a season of championship cricket to go, eight more games and a whole one-day competition."

Allenby insists the problems have nothing to do with money.

"I've never had an issue with the contract itself - it's a good contract, a fair contract," he said.

"I know he wanted a decision made soon and understood the reasons but I'm well within my rights to make a decision when I'm ready to make it."


Allenby is second in both Leicestershire's championship batting and bowling averages this summer, scoring 328 runs at an average of 54.66 and taking 10 wickets at 23.8 apiece.

And he was the star of their Twenty20 Cup campaign, hitting 432 runs in 10 innings, including a 58-ball 110 in the Foxes' 70-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Grace Road.

He believes those performances justify his decision to take his time before committing his future to the club.

"I think I've done enough to earn the right to take as much into consideration as I could," he added.

"The runs I've scored and the wickets I've taken have certainly helped us win some games and I'm disappointed I'm not going to have a chance to do that for the rest of the season.

"I've had some great times here and didn't expect them to be over.

"I'm not leaving the club for financial reasons, I certainly haven't made the decision to leave, which is a shame.

"I guess I now look to play for another county for the rest of the season. I'm hitting the ball well and am bowling well so it would be a shame not to be playing."

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