Onions: I’m here to help

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

CHRIS OSTICK

GRAHAM Onions has urged Lan­cashire fans to give him the chance to show he is wor­thy of a place in the side next sea­son.

The 35-year-old, who ar­rived at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford for the first time on Tues­day since join­ing Lan­cashire from Durham, ad­mits he is in the twi­light of a ca­reer which has seen him win nine Test caps for Eng­land.

And there are some who have sug­gested his ar­rival will block lo­cal young tal­ent, such as Saqib Mah­mood and Tom Bai­ley, de­spite the de­par­tures of Kyle Jarvis and Ryan McLaren for next sea­son.

How­ever, Onions, who is also a qual­i­fied level four coach, be­lieves his ar­rival will only help his new team-mates.

But he has also warned he is des­per­ate to play a full role in the County Cham­pi­onship side next year and se­cure more sil­ver­ware be­fore he hangs up his boots.

“I am on Twit­ter and you read peo­ple say­ing I am tak­ing the places of some young lads,” said Onions. “But if I am good enough I will get in the side, and if they are good enough they will get in the side ahead of me.

“I want to lead the at­tack here at what is a spe­cial club, I want to open the bowl­ing, but if other play­ers are bet­ter than me they will play. It’s as sim­ple as that. And I am hop­ing to help them along the way too.

“Please just give me the op­por­tu­nity to show I can do it for Lan­cashire as I have done for Durham.

“Deep down, I know I am a de­cent bowler, my record is al­right.

“I am not just here to fin­ish off my ca­reer, I want to win things.

“I am a de­ter­mined crick­eter and stub­born per­son.

“I want to keep on im­prov­ing and be as good as I can be.

“If I do my prep now through the win­ter, there is no rea­son why I can’t play ev­ery game next year.

“That’s my plan.”

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