Cricket: Sheffield’s Billy Root moves to Glamorgan from Nottinghamshire after signing two-year deal

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Sheffield’s Billy Root has signed a two-year deal at Glamorgan after admitting he was excited to be a part of the future at Sophia Gardens.

Root moves from Nottinghamshire, where he spent the last two seasons and hit two first-class centuries.

The 26-year-old said: “I’m really excited to join Glamorgan and to play at Sophia Gardens.

“When I spoke to Hugh [Morris, director of cricket] he talked a lot about the Club’s strategy to develop a young and exciting team and it’s something I’m really excited to be part of.

“Last season wasn’t a great one for the club but there is a lot of talent here and I believe I can make a big contribution to the side over the next few seasons and help us push for silverware in white-ball cricket, while we look to improve our results in the County Championship.”

Morris added: “We are thrilled to secure the signing of Billy for the next two seasons.

“Over the course of the campaign it became apparent we needed to supplement our batting stocks and in Billy we have signed a player who is still young but has experience playing Division One cricket and is hungry to succeed.

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“He can play across all three formats which makes him an ideal signing for the club and he will be a fantastic addition to the dressing room."

Root posted a message to Notts fans on his Twitter account when the news was confirmed.

Billy Root

Billy Root

“I'd like to thank Nottinghamshire CCC for everything they've done for me over the years,” he wrote.

“I've loved every minute and had a great experience there playing with some top players and even better blokes.

“I'd like to thank all the staff for the help and opportunities I've been given during my time there, it is safe to say Trent bridge and the great support will be missed.

“I now look forward to a new chapter at Glamorgan to be part of an exciting squad capable of great things and I can't wait to get started. Many thanks, Billy.”

Root’s decision to leave is no doubt influenced by Notts’ recruitment of three top-order players, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett and Ben Slater. 

“We’re sad to see Billy go but understand that he wants more regular playing opportunities, something which has been hard to come by over the past year,” said Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire’s director of cricket.

“He has the ability to play in all three formats, as he has shown during his time with us and I am sure he will relish his new challenge with Glamorgan.”