October 25, 2012
Leicestershire have announced that the Irish wicket-keeper Niall O’Brien has signed with the County after being told by his former club Northamptonshire that he was free to leave.
O’Brien joined Northamptonshire from Kent in 2007 and enjoyed 5 seasons at Wantage Road. In 2008 O’Brien was named Northants player of the year.
O’Brien was part of Ireland’s World Cup team last month in Sri Lanka who were knocked out of the group stages of the Twenty20 competition.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester O’Brien said: “It was a pretty easy decision to make to be honest. They’re not just looking to bring me in to score runs and keep wicket, they’re looking for me to be a role model in the dressing room.”
After Ireland were eliminated from the World Cup group stages, O’Brien spent the rest of the tournament working on BBC Radio covering the tournament.
Leicestershire will be hoping O’Brien can bring in some much needed experience to the dressing room in a year where they are looking for promotion from division 2 of the County Championship.
The Scoop 25/10/12