O'Shea in Glamorgan return
Glamorgan have moved quickly to fill the gap left by Tom Maynard’s departure by re-signing batsman Mike O’Shea.
O’Shea spent five seasons at Cardiff before being released at the end of the 2009 season, but a string of impressive one-day performances for the Unicorns last summer have earned him a second chance in Cardiff.
News that he has signed a one-year contract was announced 24 hours after Glamorgan confirmed Maynard’s move to Surrey.
“I appreciate Glamorgan giving me this second chance and look forward to meeting the players again and working with the new captain and coach,” said O’Shea, who was banned for three weeks by the club in 2009 after being convicted of drink driving.
“I am more determined than ever to succeed and repay those who have put their faith in my ability.”
O’Shea, a former England Under-19 international now aged 23, scored 355 runs at an average of 50.77 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 last season.
Although he also helped Surrey win the Second XI Championship last year, he appears likely to play a more prominent role in Glamorgan's one-day side given that he has made just six first-class appearances, averaging 15.22.
Glamorgan managing director of cricket Colin Metson said: “We are delighted that Mike has rejoined Glamorgan. He is a talented cricketer who, since leaving the club in 2009, has continued to impress with the Unicorns.”
O’Shea’s return is the latest development during an eventful off-season at the SWALEC Stadium that has seen captain Jamie Dalrymple and director of cricket Matthew Maynard - Tom’s father - leave the club. They have been replaced by Alviro Petersen and Matthew Mott respectively.