Hodd makes Headingley his home
Andrew Hodd has signed a two-year contract with Yorkshire after impressing while on loan from Sussex.
The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman arrived at Headingley Carnegie for a temporary spell in mid-August, with the White Rose requiring cover for Jonny Bairstow due to his England commitments.
Hodd, who had slipped behind Ben Brown in the pecking order at Sussex, made 58 in his first appearance for his new club and will now remain with Yorkshire until the end of the 2014 season.
“I was lucky enough to get some runs on my Yorkshire debut; I’ve kept pretty well and I feel like I’ve been contributing,” said Hodd.
“It’s great that the club have backed me and signed me. I’ve loved being in the Yorkshire changing room and the lads have been really good and welcoming towards me. I feel part of the furniture already.
“I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead with Yorkshire, but would also like to thank everyone at Sussex. I wish them all the best for the future and hope our paths cross in Division One of the County Championship next summer.”
Yorkshire first-team coach Jason Gillespie expressed his delight at the permanent capture of Hodd.
“Andrew is one of the best keepers in the country and you want the best players in your team,” said the Australian.
“In the short time he's been with us he has taken some great catches, his energy behind the stumps has been first rate, he made some important runs for us against Derbyshire and we've been delighted with his attitude.
“We've got no qualms about signing him because he's a great lad and a very good cricketer. When lads like that come along you snap them up.”
Mark Robinson, Sussex's professional cricket manager, said: “Everybody at Sussex is absolutely delighted that Andrew has secured a two-year contract at Yorkshire.
“Andrew is a special person who has always given 100% on and off the pitch and we wish him all the success for the next stage of his career.”