August 8, 2022
Ryan Higgins to rejoin Middlesex from Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins has agreed to return to Middlesex at the end of the season. Higgins, 27, has signed a four-year contract.

After leaving Middlesex in 2017, frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, Higgins has grown into one of the country’s most highly-rated cricketers while living in Gloucestershire. Over the course of five seasons, he has averaged 32.33 with the bat in first-class cricket – with six centuries – and 23.91 with the ball.

He has also been a key part of Gloucestershire’s T20 squad, helping them reach T20 Finals Day in 2020 and win the Hundred with Welsh Fire.

“Over the past few seasons, Ryan has grown into one of the finest and most consistent domestic cricketers in the game,” said Alan Coleman, Middlesex chief of men’s performance cricket. “He offers a huge sum of money to either side with both bat and ball, and we are delighted to have secured his signing on a long-term contract with Middlesex.

“As a youngster he showed tremendous talent, and when he decided to leave the club in 2017 we were naturally disappointed, but his desire to play first-eleven cricket as a player was not something we were looking forward to. Could guarantee at that time.

“We have seen his career develop over his time at Gloucestershire and we jumped at the opportunity when it came to starting discussions with him about returning to Lord’s.

“He is a great guy, having been in close contact with many of his friends in our dressing room, and we know what he is and what he can bring to a side. He will be back in the club seamlessly and We can’t wait to see him back in a Middlesex shirt.”

Higgins, who rejoined Middlesex in November, said he was enjoying the opportunity to have a second success with the London club.

“As a young kid coming through academia I always had the ambition to play for Middlesex,” he said. “That was not to be the case in the first chapter, but in this second chapter I am looking forward to doing everything possible on and off the field to help Middlesex find success.

“It meant a lot to be back home, and when the opportunity came I knew I had to take it. I’m very excited to be playing cricket over the next few years and the people I’ll be playing it with.

“I’m excited to contribute to the challenge for the trophies and still can’t wait to play again with teammates at Middlesex. I’m totally excited to be back.”

Steve Snell, Performance Director of Gloucestershire Cricket, said: “Ryan has been a prolific player for Gloucestershire during his time, we wish him the very best for the future. Ryan deserves to pursue opportunities elsewhere and this is a great opportunity.” We look forward to revamping the team a little differently by adding some new faces in the coming weeks and months.”

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