Glamorgan coach Matthew Mott hopeful of keeping James Harris

James Harris

Head of elite performance Matthew Mott has declared Glamorgan's intention to keep England Lions seamer James Harris.

Nottinghamshire have confirmed they have offered Harris a contract.

The 22-year-old is under contract at County Championship Division Two side Glamorgan until 2013, but Harris has a clause that allows him to leave if the Welsh county are not in the top flight.

"There is a lot of talk about his future and he has to weigh up what he thinks is best," said Mott.

"It's a short career, cricket, and we hope he will stay with us and we will do everything we can to keep him, but we understand the temptation to play in the First Division is a real one as well."

Nottinghamshire have confirmed they put an offer on the table for Harris.

"We've offered James a contract at Trent Bridge next year," said Notts coach Mick Newell.

Mott is hopeful that Harris, who has come through the Glamorgan system, will stay in Wales and expects a final decision to be made on his future in the next week.

"He is a very valued member of our side," said Mott.

"It will come to a head in the next six to seven days, I would of thought, and fingers crossed. Glamorgan are very keen to keep him and we understand there is interest out there but that's the modern game and professional cricket."

Harris recently said he may be forced to leave Glamorgan to achieve his ambition of international honours.

"There may be a day sometime where I have to make a very tough choice where I have to look at my career," he told BBC's Sport Wales.

Harris enhanced his growing reputation with a six-wicket haul against Australia A at Edgbaston earlier this month, watched by England selectors Geoff Miller and James Whitaker.

That performance was in stark contrast to his season with Glamorgan, which has seen him take eight wickets to date from 101 overs.

He missed the first month of the campaign after having a double hernia operation in February, an injury that forced him to miss England Lions' winter tour.

Harris is in his sixth season with Glamorgan after making his first-class debut aged 16. He reached the 100 and 200-wicket milestones quicker than any bowler in the county's history.

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