Sam’s fu­ture cast in doubt

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Football -

Kent’s cap­tain Sam Northeast is re­port­edly weigh­ing up his fu­ture at the club af­ter be­ing told he is not the club’s pre­ferred choice of cap­tain. Ac­cord­ing to The Times, the 28-year-old has been in­formed un­of­fi­cially by the club’s hi­er­ar­chy that he is not their pre­ferred choice of cap­tain for the next sea­son. The re­port also sug­gests that he won’t be con­sid­ered for cap­taincy un­less he signs a oneyear con­tract ex­ten­sion. Northeast was re­cently se­lected to play three Eng­land Li­ons matches against West Indies A in March. He spoke af­ter his se­lec­tion of this be­ing a “step in the right di­rec­tion” for his hopes of play­ing for Eng­land. There was a sug­ges­tion in The Times re­port that he wants to play in Di­vi­sion 1 to en­hance his chances of play­ing Test cricket. How­ever, these claims have not been at­trib­uted to a source and it is un­clear how au­then­tic they are. Out­go­ing CEO of the club, Jamie Clif­ford, told the pa­per that no of­fi­cial de­ci­sion would be taken un­til a main com­mit­tee meet­ing on Jan­uary 22. A club spokesman added: “The cap­taincy of the club is an an­nual ap­point­ment by the gen­eral com­mit­tee and will be con­firmed early in the new year.”

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