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Giles confirms interest in stars

David Sales
David Sales has spent his whole career at Wantage Road

Warwickshire's Ashley Giles has confirmed he has contacted a number of counties in an attempt to bring several big names to Edgbaston next summer.

Giles has enquired about the likes of David Sales, Graham Onions and Owais Shah, who are all in the final year of their contracts at their clubs.

"If I wasn't writing letters of intent to talk to them, you would be asking me why I'm not," Giles told BBC WM.

"I'd be stupid not to, but that doesn't mean we're going to sign them."

Now the Bears have made their interest known, the counties currently holding the players have 28 days to decide whether they want to keep them.

If not, Warwickshire would be free to talk to the individuals about a move to Edgbaston in 2009.

Middlesex batsman Shah has played 36 one-day Internationals for England and two Test matches - the last against West Indies at Lord's in 2007. And he was again part of last winter's tour party in Sri Lanka.

Durham fast bowler Onions has played an important part in his county team's development over recent seasons. He was the county's player of the year in 2006 when he claimed 51 wickets and earned a brief call-up to the England one-day squad.

Prolific batsman Sales has been with Northants all his career, having made his first-class debut in 1996, and is again his county's leading run scorer so far this season.

He toured the West Indies with England A in 2000/01, only for his time in the Caribbean to be cut short by a serious knee injury suffered playing volleyball.

We're just putting our hat in the ring. Other counties will be doing the same

Ashley Giles

All three are big names, who have been on the fringe of England selection at one time or another. But Giles is realistic about his chances of getting them to come to Edgbaston.

"We're just putting our hat in the ring," he told BBC WM. "Other counties will be doing the same.

"It's not a case of needing a whole new side and we're not panicking.

"I do believe we're making strides but, if there are guys on the market that can improve us, we'll always be interested."


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