Cricket: Elliott return on Glamorgan cards Aug 25 2007
by Phil Blanche, Western Mail
MATTHEW ELLIOTT looks set to rejoin Glamorgan next season as their first Kolpak signing, it emerged last night.
And, after Glamorgan slumped to an inept county championship defeat to Derbyshire by 42 runs yesterday – losing their last nine wickets for 41 – it would seem that the South Australian cannot come quickly enough.
Though Glamorgan have stringently rejected the Kolpak route, they are prepared to relent because counties are allowed only one overseas player from 2008.
And if, as expected, Australia sign a trade agreement with the European Union later this year, that will open the way for Elliott to become a Kolpak recruit.
Elliott, who turns 36 next month, played three championship games at the beginning of this season as a temporary replacement for Jimmy Maher, scoring 251 in five innings at an average of 50.20.
The elegant left-hander would give some much-needed solidity to the top order, which could be further strengthened with the signing of opener Matthew Wood, who has been linked with the club after being released by Yorkshire.
New cricket manager Matthew Maynard, who takes up the reins on September 24, has been given a budget to recruit four players for next season: an overseas, a Kolpak and two domestic signings.