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Godleman delighted to have Wilson support

Tuesday 15th November 2016
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Written by Danny Painter

Billy Godleman says the Club are fortunate to have a player with Gary Wilson’s experience as Vice Captain, as together they look to take the side forward in 2017.

A veteran of international and domestic cricket, the Ireland wicketkeeper will assist Godleman under the new coaching model in his first season with the county, after signing from Surrey on a three-year deal in September.

“We are very fortunate to have Gary,” Godleman said. “He is someone who comes with great experience not only in international cricket but also in the county game.

“I’ve known him for many years, since our days at Lords, when I was playing at Middlesex, so we do have a long-standing relationship.

“He’s someone who I can have as support on the field for tactical decisions and he will be a massive influence in the dressing room, particularly with helping our young guys.” 

Godleman, who lead the side in the four-day competition last season, will captain the side in the Specsavers County Championship, as well as Royal London One-Day Cup next summer.

And he expects Wilson to draw on his experience after leading Surrey for four months in 2014.

“Having captained Surrey and playing the game for as long as he has, his knowledge of the game is excellent,” Godleman added.

“But one thing I must emphasise is his way of sharing this knowledge is second to none.

“Where he’s situated on the cricket field behind the stumps as wicketkeeper, he will have the best seat in the house to see what’s going on in the game and inform some of the decisions that we make.

“We’ve got a group of senior players and for me to have different opinions that I trust, and Gary being one of them, will help me make the best decisions for the team.” 

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