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Mark Cosgrove signs Glamorgan Twenty20 deal

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

Batsman Mark Cosgrove will return to Glamorgan to play in next season's Twenty20 competition.

The Australian's return will be welcome news after the turmoil at the county which has seen coach Matthew Maynard and captain Jamie Dalrymple depart.

"I can't wait to get over and see the lads and play some good cricket," said 26-year-old Cosgrove.

"I'm a bit disappointed that I can't spend the whole year with Glamorgan but it's a great chance to play Twenty20."

It will be Cosgrove's fourth season at the Swalec Stadium and he is looking for better fortune in 2011 than last season

Glamorgan suffered disappointment when they missed out on promotion to Division One after a five-year absence by drawing with Derbyshire in their final game.

Opener Cosgrove made 1,187 runs in first-class cricket that campaign, plus 959 in one-day cricket, pipping Tom Maynard and Jim Allenby to the player of the year award.

He will return to a new set-up at Glamorgan following the resignations of Maynard, Dalrymple and president Peter Walker.

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was replaced as captain by South African Alviro Petersen, while the new post of head of coaching was created that superseded both Dalrymple and Maynard's authority - filled by Colin Metson, the county's former wicketkeeper and current committee member.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

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.

Glamorgan chief executive, Alan Hamer welcomed Cosgrove's return.

"Mark has been an exceptional player for the club and is a very popular player with our supporters and members.," he said.

"We are delighted that Mark will be returning to us again in 2011 as our second overseas player in the Twenty20 competition."



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