The Yorkshire County Cricket Club can confirm that former Yorkshire and England batsman Anthony McGrath will be returning to Headingley to aid current players in a newly created mentoring role.
Yorkshire will utilise the services of their former captain, who retired from all cricket at the end of the 2012 season, in a number of areas including age-group coaching, mentoring professional players, facilitating change from cricket to the workplace and the reintegration of younger former players to the Club.
McGrath, 38, is relishing his new role and being part of the Club over the next year and beyond.
“It is great to be back in the fold at Yorkshire,” said McGrath, who will take up his duties with immediate effect in a consulting capacity.
“I have some close friends – both on the playing and management side respectively – and feel my skills and experience can benefit all aspects of cricket.
“I will be looking to get involved with a cross-section of the playing department, from offering coaching to the young players trying to make the grade to mentoring those players that are getting close to retirement.
“Since my retirement a couple of years ago, I have learnt so much about life away from the game and it can be a difficult transition. Certainly my experiences and knowledge on how I came to terms with a new career can help those players that are starting to look at their future beyond professional cricket.”
Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket, said: “It’ll be great to have Mags (Anthony McGrath) available to work with and mentor our young players. His vast experience and knowledge allied to a recent playing career will be invaluable in helping us bring through the next generation of Yorkshire cricketers.”
“It’ll be great to have Mags (Anthony McGrath) available to work with and mentor our young players." - Martyn Moxon
Mark Arthur, Chief Executive, added: “In the first six months I have been with Yorkshire, it is obvious what great respect people have for Anthony (McGrath) as a person and as a coach. We are fortunate to be able to tap into his range of abilities, which will undoubtedly help us thrive.
“We will be hiring his services on a consultancy basis throughout the year. With his vast knowledge and a superb career as a highly-respected First-class player, our young players will be able to learn from the best about the intricacies of playing at the highest level.”