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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 November 2006, 11:26 GMT
Adams completes Yorkshire switch
Chris Adams in his new Yorkshire shirt
With my father a born-and-bred Yorkshireman, this exciting opportunity represents a move home for me and my family

Chris Adams
Yorkshire have secured Chris Adams as their new captain after agreeing terms for his release from Sussex.

Adams, who won four trophies in nine years at Sussex, has signed a four-year contract, and will also be director of pro cricket at Headingley.

"I am both honoured and delighted to be coming to a county with such history and pedigree," he said.

"Without a doubt, I am really looking forward to becoming an integral part of this county's future success."

Adams's predecessor in charge of first team affairs, David Byas, has been offered a new role as director of cricket development.

Chief executive Stewart Regan said they had effectively split Byas's old job in two and they hoped he would agree to stay at the club.

"The board has taken the decision to provide a focus on both professional cricket and cricket development, and we now feel that we have a structure which will deliver what we are looking for in identifying, nurturing and developing cricket talent at all levels of the game," Regan told the club's website.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire's delight at completing the move was in marked contrast to the mood at the county ground in Hove.

"This is a sad day for the club and all our supporters but we realise that this is a great opportunity for Chris," said Sussex chairman David Green.

"Chris has done wonderful things and helped lay a solid foundation."

It was with an eye to his future off the pitch that prompted Adams to move back north, having joined Sussex from Derbyshire in 1998.

"The package Yorkshire have put together ticks all the boxes for me," he told the Yorkshire Post newspaper.

"I have a terrific opportunity to further my career beyond actually playing and that is very appealing.

"In one regard it is extremely sad because it has been an absolute pleasure to be Sussex captain and help the club achieve so much.

"But when Yorkshire made their offer I had to do some serious thinking.

"The most important thing for me was developing a career in the game once my playing days were over."

Sussex won the National League Division Two title in 2005 and this year's C&G Trophy under his captaincy, as well as the two County Championships.

Yorkshire hope he can inspire them to similar success, having managed to hang onto their place in the top flight of the Championship by drawing their final match of the summer.

"I also want to spend some time learning about the structure of the club and I want to speak to the players and see if we need to change anything.

"Off the field, Yorkshire have shown that they are prepared to move in a very positive direction and now the team needs to follow suit. I cannot promise trophies but I will try my best.

"We are in the entertainment business and I want to bring a little flair and discipline to the side," said Adams.

Yorkshire have already recruited Pakistan batsman Younis Khan for next summer and are hoping to persuade Anthony McGrath, who has two years left on his contract, to stay despite reports linking him with Lancashire.

"Anthony is very important to the future of the club. He is a player of international experience and is a Yorkshireman through and through," Adams added.



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