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Togetherness key to Yorkshire deals - Andrew Gale

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale
Gale came through the Yorkshire academy

Captain Andrew Gale believes the glut of contract extensions at Yorkshire shows the togetherness of the squad.

Gale was one of 11 players, including England all-rounder Tim Bresnan and Adam Lyth, to sign new deals on Monday.

"It shows the commitment of the players to the club and to each other," Gale told BBC Radio Leeds.

"We are trying to mould a team that will be here for the next five to 10 years. It's great to have signed all the guys up again."

Jonathan Bairstow, Rich Pyrah, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Steve Patterson joined Gale, Bresnan and Lyth in signing three-year contracts, while Anthony McGrath and Joe Sayers penned deals until 2012.

Youngsters Moin Ashraf and Gurman Randhawa, both 18, also signed their first professional contracts at Headingley.

Yorkshire finished third in the County Championship last season, missing out on the title by 11 points.

Gale, 26, is confident that keeping the spine of the squad together will lead to future success.

"We are targeting the main players at the club that we think will be at the club for a long time," he said.

"They will form the spine of the club for the next five to 10 years and hopefully we'll have plenty of success with these guys at the club.

"It's important we offered some of the younger players deals so they can focus on their cricket rather than worrying about their future.

"The last thing you want is a young player going into the last year of his contract worrying whether he'll get a new deal or not.

"By giving them that security I'm sure it will give them that confidence when they go out on the pitch."

With a new contract signed, Gale will now focus his attentions on the upcoming England Lions tour of Australia.

He will meet up with the rest of the squad at the start of November after a five-week break.

"My ambition is to become an England player and I see this as taking one step further towards that," he added.

"You never know what can happen. Being around the set-up is great and being in Australia means if there are a couple of injuries I need to be the one in form and knocking on the door.

"I'm very excited. It should be great out there and I can't wait to get together with the squad and travelling out there."



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