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Gloucestershire paceman Steve Kirby signs for Somerset

Steve Kirby
Kirby wanted to return to Division One of the County Championship

Gloucestershire pace bowler Steve Kirby has signed a three-year deal with West country rivals Somerset.

The 32-year-old ends his six-season spell at Gloucestershire after the county agreed to release him from the final two years of his contract.

Somerset Director of Cricket Brian Rose told BBC Radio Bristol that Kirby's qualities suited Somerset's needs.

"Steve has the sort of aggression which helps a lot when you are bowling at nine, ten and jack," said Rose.

"Turning down a possible benefit at Gloucestershire to come here shows great spirit on his part. He wants to give himself every chance of playing for England and, by coming here, that's what he hopes to do.

"Over the next two or three years we should be able to maintain a pretty competitive squad."

Kirby told the Somerset club website: "Somerset are putting together the nucleus of a side who can be contenders in all forms of cricket and I am looking forward to competing for a place because competition is what sport is all about for me.

"The club has a great infrastructure as well as a very good team. I can assure their supporters that I have plenty of fire left in my belly and I'm looking forward to the challenge of bowling at Taunton."

Kirby has made no secret of the fact that he has a burning desire to play for his country. ""I am still very ambitious to play for England and I feel I must be playing in the First Division of the County Championship to achieve that objective.

"I'll be running in and giving it everything for Somerset next summer and, if I take wickets in the First Division, I hope the right people will take notice."



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