Josh Poysden is to join Yorkshire on a loan agreement to play Championship cricket until the end of 2018
Warwickshire leg spinner Josh Poysden is to join Yorkshire, initially on a Championship only loan deal before making a permanent move, on a three-year contract at the end of the 2018 season.
Having joined the Bears from the Cambridge MCC University programme in 2014, Poysden (27) has made seven First Class, 15 List A and 23 T20 appearances, taking 62 wickets across all three formats. He was also part of the Birmingham Bears squad that won the T20 Blast in 2014 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2016.
I will always be grateful to the Bears for giving me my first chance in the professional game and it’s been special to be involved with such a great club.Josh Poysden
Ashley Giles, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Josh is a great lad and every member of the cricket management team wishes him every success in his career.
“He’s very ambitious and, with opportunities being very limited for him in Championship cricket, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to take with Yorkshire.
“Having been a Bear for five seasons, he leaves Edgbaston with winners’ medals of two major trophies and many friendships in the dressing rooms.”
Poysden initially joined Yorkshire on loan in July, for the Specsavers County Championship ‘roses’ derby with Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford, before returning to Edgbaston for Birmingham Bears’ second half of the Vitality Blast North Group campaign.
He will join up with the Yorkshire squad following Friday night’s Vitality Blast derby with Worcestershire Rapids, and he will be available for the White Rose’s six remaining Specsavers County Championship matches.
Josh Poysden said: “I’ve absolutely loved my time at Edgbaston over the last five seasons. I will always be grateful to the Bears for giving me my first chance in the professional game and it’s been special to be involved with such a great club and to win some trophies over the years.
“I want to firstly thank all of the Members and fans for supporting me and hopefully you can all understand my reasons for moving on. Secondly thanks to everyone who works at Edgbaston for their help.
“I must also express huge thanks to all of the coaches and cricket management staff that I have worked with for putting up with my badgering; it’s much appreciated.
“Lastly to the players, it’s been an honour to represent the Bears with you. I have made some friendships for life and wish you and the club all the best of luck in the future.”