Onions: I’m here to help

Rochdale Observer - - FAITH NEWS -

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. I feel I will bowl a lot of overs next sea­son and take a lot of wick­ets.

“If I don’t play ev­ery game, then fair enough – but my aim is to play in ev­ery match and help this county win games and tro­phies.

“I have a few more five-fors in me and I have the chance again to show peo­ple how good I am at the top level.”

Onions ad­mits it has been dif­fi­cult to end the 17-year as­so­ci­a­tion with Durham. But the lure of a two-year deal with Lancs along with the chance to do some coach­ing was too big a pull.

“The chance to coach was mas­sive for me,” he said. “The op­por­tu­nity to travel with the squad to away games in white ball cricket if I am not play­ing and to help Chap­pie out.

“Peo­ple see me as a bowler and a player, but I am a level four coach too. I know my stuff. I have come to a county where they have wel­comed me with open arms and I will be there to help play­ers if they want me too.

“I can de­velop young lads who may need a bit of help to come through and even­tu­ally take my place. That’s part of my job, to nur­ture some of th­ese lads on their way.”

“I am ex­cited for that side of things as well.”

●●Graham Onions

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