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Will's move was not about the money, says brother Gidman

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By PETER ORCHARD

Gloucestershire batsman Alex Gidman feels they can progress after the win over leaders Worcestershire  PICTURE: PINNACLE

Gloucestershire batsman Alex Gidman feels they can progress after the win over leaders Worcestershire PICTURE: PINNACLE

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Will Gidman's decision to join Nottinghamshire next season has not been motivated by money, according to his older brother Alex.

County followers are still reeling at the prospect of losing their stellar all-rounder, while director of cricket John Bracewell has called on the club to "get their act together" and do more to protect their prize assets.

But veteran batsman and former captain Alex, who has spurned opportunities to leave Nevil Road himself in the past, insists the deal is about far more than a pay hike.

Gidman said: "It's not really for me to comment on Will's reasons for leaving but I do know he is not a money man.

"He has got plenty of reasons for doing it which are personal to him and have got nothing to do with me.

"Will has been amazing for us, as everyone knows, but he is moving on to pursue different things and we all wish him well."

The younger Gidman's departure will leave a sizeable void in Gloucestershire's ranks, most notably as a new-ball spearhead in the LV= County Championship.

Alex admits the balance of the side will need addressing during the winter, but pointed to his side's impressive performance at Worcestershire last week as a promising sign for the future.

The County saw off the league leaders inside three days at New Road, wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick hitting a brilliant 98 in the first innings to go with seven catches in the match.

Alex Gidman said: "Rodders is our next all-rounder – a keeper batsman of high, high quality.

"He is a class act and someone we've missed this season, so it's great to have him back and scoring runs.

"Will didn't play (against Worcestershire) because of injury, but the team was an indication of what is to come and the lads have got to step up to the plate.

"Naturally we are going to miss someone of his calibre, but we've got to find different tactical ways of taking his wickets and scoring his runs.

"For the time being he is still part of the squad and I'm sure it's something we'll address over the winter months."

Gloucestershire take on Derbyshire in their final Royal London One-Day Cup group game tomorrow, having already sealed a place in the quarter-finals where they will want to seal a home tie.

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