Will Rhodes: Warwickshire sign Yorkshire all-rounder for 2018 on two-year deal

Will Rhodes finished the 2016 season on loan with Essex
Will Rhodes finished the 2016 season on loan with Essex

County Championship Division One strugglers Warwickshire have signed Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes on a two-year deal, starting in 2018.

Rhodes, 22, who ended last season with four games on loan to Essex, has played 15 first-class games for Yorkshire.

That includes nine Championship games in the Tykes' second successive title-winning season in 2015.

Warwickshire sport director Ashley Giles earmarked the need to bring in younger players earlier this season.

The signing of the former England Under-19s captain follows the abrupt decision of opening batsman Ian Westwood to leave the club this week, less than a month short of his 35th birthday.

"Will is a genuine all-rounder and very exciting cricketer," said Giles. "He has the versatility to bat anywhere from one to seven in the batting order whilst also being a strong addition to our seam bowling attack."

Rhodes said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years in the Yorkshire set-up, particularly my last four years as a professional, but I've had some great discussions with Ashley Giles and the coaching team at Edgbaston."

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