Sales free to leave after County hold back on new deal

FREE TO LEAVE - Northants batsman David Sales
FREE TO LEAVE - Northants batsman David Sales
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David Sales could be on the move from Northamptonshire after his potential availability was circulated to the other 17 counties.

The 34-year-old batsman is in the final year of his contract at the County Ground and while the County are not actively seeking to offload him, they won’t stand in his way should he decide his future lies elsewhere.

Speaking about the matter, chief executive David Smith said: “We met with David last week and had an honest conversation.

“We talked to him about his future but we won’t be offering him a contract at this stage.

“That isn’t to say that we won’t (offer him one later on) because a fit David Sales is a huge asset to this club.

“He asked if his details could be circulated so he could test the marketplace and if a good offer comes in and he feels it is in his best interest to move on then we won’t stand in his way.”

But Smith was keen to stress that while they want Sales to continue his career at the club, they can’t afford for him to miss large chunks of the season.

He added: “We need him to be playing both red and white ball cricket.

“If he can show during the last few weeks of the year that he can stay fit then we will offer him a deal that will be fair and reasonable.

“We can’t afford to have senior players sitting on the sidelines and I’d like nothing more than for a fit David Sales to finish his career here.”