Alex Gidman has admitted it was a last-minute change of heart that resulted in him reject the offer of a move to Warwickshire.
Gidman had appeared certain to move to Edgbaston but was persuaded to stay at Gloucestershire after a long conversation with their returning director of cricket, John Bracewell.
“At one stage, I was almost certain I would be leaving,” Gidman said. “It was a very close call. I’ve said throughout the process that the chance to work with John Bracewell again would have a massive bearing on my decision and, after sitting down with him, I’m convinced he’s the best man to help take my game to the next level. I’m still young enough to think again in maybe three or four years’ time so I’m very enthusiastic about the future.
“Unfortunately, this club [Gloucestershire] had gone very stale over the last four or five years, so I needed to know John’s plans. He told me he’s not prepared to just let things drift and I know he’s not that sort of guy, so I’ve re-aligned my priorities as to where I’m going.”