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Mark Cosgrove rues Glamorgan turmoil

Mark Cosgrove
Mark Cosgrove was voted Glamorgan's 2010 player of the season

Mark Cosgrove admits he is surprised by the turmoil at Glamorgan.

The Australian batsman, 26, has been a regular overseas signing for Glamorgan and was voted the Welsh county's player of the year last season.

Last week batsman Jamie Dalrymple, director of cricket Matthew Maynard and president Peter Walker all resigned.

"It's a tough time for the club and I back the players they've got now to push the club back to hopefully where we were last year," Cosgrove said.

"We had a great year last year, so hopefully the boys can really step it up again."

Glamorgan have offered Cosgrove a contract to play in the Twenty20 competition next season, although the left-hander - currently playing for Tasmania - has yet to accept.

"I have got a Twenty20 contract [on offer]... I'm just going to weigh things up and see what's around but it'd be great to go back there and play Twenty20," Cosgrove said.

Dalrymple was replaced as captain by South African Alviro Petersen last week, while the new post of head of coaching was created that superseded both Dalrymple and Maynard's authority - filled by Colin Metson, the county's former wicketkeeper and current committee member.

That saw both Dalrymple and Maynard resign from the Glamorgan staff saying the changes made their positions "untenable", with Walker stepping down from his elected role in protest.

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The changes at the helm came after Glamorgan staged a review of the 2010 season which saw the county come up short in all three competitions.

At one point the Welsh county were 37 points clear in County Championship Division Two and looked set to return to the top-flight after a five-year absence.

But Glamorgan were held to their third draw in a row by Derbyshire in the final game of the season and saw Worcestershire pip them by five points to the second promotion spot.

"If the last game of the year went the other way we'd all be celebrating still and looking forward to next year taking on Division One," said Cosgrove, who smashed 1187 runs in the Championship.

"Things didn't go our way and obviously consequences happen and it's one of those things, a way of life.

"For the last few years they've earned a lot of respect from a lot of teams around the country. Our four-day results were fantastic: two years ago we could have gone up, we just missed out, and last year we were very, very unlucky not to go up.

"When I came back, from my first year there to where we are now, the club has moved so far forward... it's a fantastic club."



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see also
Dalrymple resigns from Glamorgan
18 Nov 10 |  Glamorgan
Maynard resigns in Glam shake-up
17 Nov 10 |  Glamorgan
County replace skipper Dalrymple
16 Nov 10 |  Glamorgan
Cosgrove wants Glamorgan return
12 Nov 10 |  Glamorgan
Walker appointed Glamorgan chief
03 Apr 09 |  Glamorgan
Walker criticises 'Gulag' Swalec
11 Mar 09 |  Glamorgan
Walker wants Glamorgan presidency
02 Feb 09 |  Glamorgan


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