The Yorkshire County Cricket Club today confirmed that bustling seamer Josh Shaw is to join Specsavers County Championship Division Two side Gloucestershire on loan.

The Wakefield-born 23-year-old, who came through the Academy system at Emerald Headingley and signed his first professional contract at Yorkshire ahead of the 2015 season, will link up with the squad this morning.

In 2016, he signed on with Gloucestershire to spend the season on loan at Nevil Road and impressed, claiming 34 wickets from 12 Championship appearances for the Division Two side, including a best of 5-79 in their final week draw against Sussex in September.

Shaw started 2017 in Yorkshire’s Championship team, although went wicketless in two matches, before returning to Gloucester, where he took eleven wickets in a quartet of four-day appearances, including a second five-wicket haul.

He will be a familiar sight to many Gloucestershire supporters who saw him perform previously at The Bristol County Ground and at The Cheltenham Cricket Festival.

He said: “I’m pleased that Richard Dawson got in touch with Yorkshire requesting my services once again. I enjoyed my two previous stints in the 2016 & 2017 seasons. I now feel I understand my game more due to this exposure given to me by Gloucestershire and I will be forever grateful. Hopefully I can push for a starting berth against Derbyshire and put in a good all round performance.”

Shaw’s loan is for County Championship fixtures only with Gloucestershire’s match against Derbyshire at the Bristol County Ground, starting on Thursday April 11, the only one to fall within that month-long loan period.

Shaw will return to Emerald Headingley ahead of the start of the domestic 50-over competition, which gets underway on April 17, with the visit of Leicestershire and will be available for selection.

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