County miss out on Aussie Test bowler Copeland

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Northamptonshire’s search for an overseas player is still on after their number one target rejected a contract offer.

New South Wales seamer Trent Copeland, who has played three Test matches for Australia, has opted to stay at home during the southern hemisphere winter rather than ply his trade at the County Ground.

And chief executive David Smith has stated that the club have their eye on other potential recruits.

He said: “Obviously we’re disappointed because we’d earmarked Trent as a bowler who could do a good job for us in the first eight or nine Championship games.

“He ticked all the boxes for a frontline bowler, he’s got a very good fitness record and would suit that particular time of year.”

“We always had a shortlist and we weren’t totally reliant on one individual.

“We’ll start to make contact with other players and see where that takes us.”

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