Durham bowler Graham Onions to join Lancashire on two-year deal

Graham Onions has become the latest high-profile player to leave Durham after agreeing to join Lancashire on a two-year deal – following team-mate Keaton Jennings to Old Trafford.

England batsman Jennings signed a four-year contract with the Red Rose on Thursday and Onions also rejected the offer of a new contract at Chester-le-Street in order to join Lancashire for the start of next year’s County Championship.

“I am hugely excited at the opportunity to work with Glen Chapple, a fellow pace bowler who I’ve greatly admired, and join up with Lancashire over the next two years,” said Onions, who has taken 32 wickets at Test level for England.

“It was an incredibly hard decision to leave Durham, having played there for my whole career and I certainly leave with a heavy heart.

“The Club has an exciting and balanced squad, and I can’t wait to play my cricket at a world-class stadium like Emirates Old Trafford, a ground I’ve always enjoyed performing at.”

Onions will join Lancashire as a replacement for Kyle Jarvis, who has been allowed to return to his native Zimbabwe in order to play international cricket.

The pace bowler was granted permission to be released from his contract which was due to expire at the end of the next season.

Jarvis said: “I have absolutely loved my time at Lancashire over the last four years. It’s a very special place and I have made some fantastic friends here.

“I am immensely proud to have played a part in the history of this great Club. I would like to thank everyone that for making me feel part of it.

“It has been a really hard decision to make to return to Zimbabwe, but the opportunity to return home and play international cricket is something that I really want to do.”