Sidebottom set to leave Notts

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The England fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom is to leave Nottinghamshire at the end of the season after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

The 32-year-old left-armer, who had wanted a three-year deal to compensate for the loss of his England central contract, rejected Nottinghamshire's compromise offers of an unconditional two years or a performance-related three-year contract and will now consider offers from other counties.

"This is the last professional contract I will sign and while I never planned to leave I wanted the security of a three-year deal," he said.

Sidebottom joined Nottinghamshire from Yorkshire in 2004, reigniting his international career during his seven years at Trent Bridge. He has taken 79 wickets in 24 Tests and was a key member of the England team that won the ICC World Twenty20.

However, after only one Test appearance in 18 months he is unlikely to see his central contract renewed. Among potential suitors, Lancashire and Somerset are both believed to be interested, while lack of financial muscle would not rule out Durham, Hampshire, who will host their first Test match next summer, or Sussex.

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