Taylor makes Notts switch
Nottinghamshire have finally completed the signing England prospect James Taylor from Leicestershire.
Last Updated: 01/12/11 2:55pm
England prospect James Taylor has completed his protracted move to Nottinghamshire after a compensation package was agreed with his former club Leicestershire.
Taylor, 21, has been expected to make the move to Trent Bridge for several months and Foxes chief executive Mike Siddall said two weeks ago the deal was "70 per cent down the line".
With the batsman keen to play in the first division, and with Nottinghamshire, the only stumbling block was a financial settlement on the final year of the player's contract at Grace Road.
Taylor, who made his one-day international debut against Ireland in August but has not been selected by England since, will be looking to prove himself in the top tier of the LV County Championship, having spent four years with a struggling Leicestershire side who are rooted in Division Two.
Taylor was part of the Foxes line-up that won last season's Friends Life t20 competition but could not be persuaded to sign a new contract.
"I'm thankful to Leicestershire for allowing me to speak to other counties as I feel that I will benefit from playing against the best teams in four-day cricket," said Taylor, who has scored 10 centuries in 63 first-class outings and averages just below 50 in both first-class and List A cricket.
"Nottinghamshire have a talented squad that can challenge on all fronts and I am pleased to be part of that.
"I will always be grateful to Leicestershire for the part they have played in my development but it is time to move on and I am looking forward to the new season."
Taylor is the second Leicestershire player to join Nottinghamshire since the end of last season, following left-arm seamer Harry Gurney, while World Twenty20-winning opener Michael Lumb has joined from Hampshire.
Reflecting on his recent additions, director of cricket Mick Newell said: "We lost Mark Wagh and Ali Brown last season but James and Michael are fitting replacements and they were our primary targets.
"James is already on England's radar and we hope that he can play a part for us on his way to realising his international ambitions.
"The international calendar may also present us with an opportunity to recruit an overseas batsman and we're exploring that to see if we can do a deal with the right player."