Statement from Steve Patterson
I have made the difficult decision to retire from professional cricket. It was always my dream to play for Yorkshire, so to have the privilege to represent the club for almost 20 years is an honour.
After being told I was no longer wanted by the club, I took the time to consider my next step. Although I was offered the opportunity to play division 1 cricket elsewhere, I had to listen to my body and my heart. I simply don’t feel I have the energy or the passion to play for any other club.
I am going to commit my time to our family property business, and give more time to my wife and children.
There are many people without whom I wouldn’t be where I am today. My sincere thanks go to my family who have supported me unconditionally, all the coaches and medical staff that have helped me over the years, my teammates past and present who I have made wonderful memories with, and of course the members who have been nothing but brilliant to me.
The reception I received at the game this week is something I will always treasure.
I wish my teammates and Yorkshire all the very best for the future.