Leicestershire express an interest in Sales

David Sales
David Sales

County batsman David Sales has attracted interest from Leicestershire.

The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been told that he is free to leave if receives an acceptable offer from elsewhere.

With his details circulated among the other 17 counties, the Foxes have acted by indicating that they would be prepared to talk to Sales with a view to signing him for the 2013 season.

But despite that development, Northants chief executive David Smith believes that Sales will soon have a decision to make.

He said: “If David stays fit over the next three weeks then I envisage us offering hima new contract.

“We have had interest from Leicestershire but we’ll have to see where that takes us.

“We’ve got a lot of cricket coming up and David is obviosly a part of that.

“We want him playing his cricket here, as we’ve indicated before, but it will all come out over the next three to four weeks.”

With the time of year approaching where playing squads are firmed up, there are decisions to made on a number of players.

The trio of David Burton, Luke Evans and Ben Howgego all reach the end of their deals in September and Smith admitted their futures will be discussed.

He added: “We’re looking closely at Burton, Evans and Howgego.

“There will certainly be some movement in the squad and we’re just starting to see players being released from other clubs who we’ll look at.

“We’ll have an 18 or 19-man squad next year and it will be about who we see fitting into that number.”

Another whose future could be in the balance is Niall O’Brien.

The Irishman signed a two-year deal last year but his place has been taken by David Murphy and with the up-and-coming Ben Duckett likely to join the staff, his position could be marginalised, a fact Smith acknowledged.

He continued: “Niall’s not in the team and although he is still under contract we’ll have to see where that goes.

“We can only have so many players and there is a balance that we have to find.”