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Gary Wilson's Ireland hopes boosted by three-year deal with Derbyshire


Gary Wilson's county career has been given a new lease of life with a three-year contract at Derbyshire - and he will be their first choice wicket-keeper in all three formats.

The 30-year-old Ireland international was frozen out of the Surrey team this year as young English wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was given the gloves and Wilson lost his place as a specialist batsman as well, just two years after being appointed captain.

Wilson has since lost his regular place on the Ireland team, with coach John Bracewell giving the gloves back to Niall O'Brien while Stuart Poynter also kept wicket in the four-match one-day international series against Afghanistan in July.

But after 11 years at Surrey it was time to move on.

"It's come at a good time in my career, I needed a fresh start," Wilson said. "I'm grateful for the team at Derbyshire showing confidence in me and obviously I will try and repay them as much as I can over the next three years.

"I still have a lot to offer across all forms of the game.

"I'm looking forward to hopefully putting in a few good performances for the club."

Wilson is currently with the Ireland squad in Johannesburg preparing for the ODIs in Benoni against South Africa on Sunday and Australia next Tuesday.

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