Josh Shaw has today joined Specsavers County Championship Division Two side Gloucestershire for a month-long loan spell.
The Wakefield-born all-rounder, who penned a new deal until the end of 2018 while on the Club’s pre-season tour of the UAE in March, will link-up with the south-west side ahead of the weekend.
“I’m very pleased that Martyn Moxon and the Club have agreed a loan deal for me to join Gloucestershire once again,” said the emerging pace bowler. “It’s a good opportunity for me to work hard at my cricket and it will hopefully enable me to gain valuable experience across all formats of the game.
“Having spent a good period of time with the Club previously, the opportunity to further develop my skills in a first-team environment and, to work alongside Richard Dawson, was simply too good to turn down.
“I know that Martyn and all the coaches at Headingley will be keeping a good eye on my progress and it’s a great opportunity for me to show my credentials. My main objective now is to push hard for a place in the Gloucestershire line-up, work as hard as I possibly can and to come back to Yorkshire a more accomplished player.”
Shaw, who impressed on a similar loan spell in Bristol last summer, has played for the White Rose from U14 level and graduated from the Yorkshire Academy. The 21-year-old also played a key role in the Club’s 2nd XI Trophy campaign, culminating in last week’s success in the final against Middlesex at Headingley.
“It worked really well last year and we saw an improvement in his performances from his time with Gloucestershire,” said Martyn Moxon, the Club’s Director of Cricket. “It’s a great opportunity for him to learn more at First-Class level.
“It’s a great experience and obviously he’s under the guidance of Richard Dawson, who we know really well and is an excellent coach. It’s a win-win for both counties really and Josh as well.
“We’re just looking for Josh to continue his development, find a consistency with his performances and learn what it takes to perform well at first team level. That comes with experience and it’s a continuing progression that we’re hoping for.”