Leaving wasn’t on Wakely’s agenda

Alex Wakely has signed a new two-year contract with Northants
Alex Wakely has signed a new two-year contract with Northants
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Alex Wakely has admitted that he didn’t have any intention of leaving Northamptonshire.

The 23-year-old committed his immediate future to the club by putting his signature to a new two-year contract earlier this week to bring an end to speculation that he was bound for pastures new.

And Wakely, who will also take on the role as Andrew Hall’s deputy, is glad to have put the issue to bed.

“I’m quite a laid-back person and obviously something like that plays on your mind a bit,” he said.

“It took me a bit longer to sign it because it was in my locker while we played away but realistically I didn’t want to leave.

“In this day and age it pays to see where you stand with other counties and to see what they think of you but we’ve got a lot of talent here and I think the club can go somewhere.”

That isn’t to say he tentatively explored other avenues. The modern-day game doesn’t have the restrictions of years gone by and Wakely believes it was something that was worth doing.

He added: “There was a little bit of interest from elsewhere and it was nice to know that others were interested but Northants is where my home is.

“Everything I know is here and also I feel the club is going in the right direction.

“With the change in personnel, the change in coach and chief executive, I think we’re going forwards and the next two years could be quite exciting.”

As for his ascension to the vice-captaincy, the middle order batsman, while pleased with the appointment, is not actively seeking to fill Hall’s boots just yet.

He continued: “It (the captaincy) isn’t something that I’m striving for. It’s nice to know that the club value me in that area but what I’m striving for is to score some big runs and not necessarily captain the side.

“It’s something that I’ve found quite natural since I was a young player but I’ve not had to do it full-time and deal with all the politics and that sort of thing but stepping in hasn’t been too difficult.

“I just want to score runs and let the rest take care of itself.”