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Darren Gough

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Darren Gough has been unveiled as the new captain of Yorkshire, three years after walking out on his home county.

The veteran England fast bowler, 36, left Headingley for Essex in 2004 but has been tempted back north by the offer of leading the side.

Gough admitted on Wednesday he never thought a return to his home county was likely.

“I thought today would never happen,” he said.

“Today is a very proud day, to come back as captain.

“There are some exciting things happening at this club. I am just looking forward to the challenge.

“With the blend we have got I think we have a good chance this year of putting in some good performances.”

He added: “I’m here to bring my experience and enthusiasm.

“By the time I leave here hopefully we will have the structure in place to keep winning trophies, like we used to do years ago.”

Gough admitted he was disappointed to miss out on England’s World Cup squad but insisted “never say never” when it came to the possibility of resurrecting his international career with his performances for Yorkshire.

Darren Gough

Gough during his first spell at Yorkshire © Getty Images

“I was told I was just about there but obviously when England win their three or four last matches, you miss out,” he continued.

“I’m 36 years old, I can still bat and bowl. I can still do a job.

“I wish I was there but I wish England well.

“You never say never. My job is now with Yorkshire.”

Gough enjoyed a renaissance in his career during his time at Essex forcing his way back into the England one-day squad on the back of his performances at county level.

Essex chief executive David East said: “It is with regret that Darren has decided to leave after we initially had high hopes over the winter that he would sign a new contract with the Club.

“As is widely acknowledged, Darren’s ties to Yorkshire county cricket club are strong and we understand his desire to return to play for his county of birth.

“Everyone connected with Essex county cricket club would like to thank Darren for his outstanding service with the club.

"Besides his excellent performances on the field, Darren has been a major influence on our young players and their success in recent years.

"We now hope that some of those younger players can take on his mantle over the seasons ahead.

Darren Gough

Gough enjoyed success at Essex © Getty Images

“Essex has lost players in the past and continued to progress and we have no reason to believe why we shouldn’t carry that on.

“We would like to wish Darren all the best for the remainder of his playing career and look forward to welcoming him back to Chelmsford in the future.”

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves said it was an easy decision to bring Gough back to the county when it became clear he was available.

“There was nobody more disappointed than me when Darren had to leave,” he said.

“So when the opportunity arose to bring him back to Yorkshire I took it with both hands.

“One thing Darren put across to me when I first met him six or seven weeks ago was that he thought he had unfinished business at Yorkshire.

“The board were unanimous (in wanting to bring Gough back).”

He added: “It is a fantastic day for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and I look forward to him bringing all his knowledge to bring us back where we should be.”

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