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Yorkshire want to make Andrew Hodd deal permanent
Yorkshire are hoping to sign Sussex wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd permanently after an impressive couple of performances in the LV= County Championship.
The White Rose hierarchy are also exploring the possibility of taking him to next month’s Champions League, although they will need special dispensation from tournament organisers.
Hodd, on loan until the end of the season as cover for Jonny Bairstow, has impressed in home matches against Derbyshire and Gloucestershire.
He enjoyed a memorable debut against Derbyshire, scoring a half-century and taking five first- innings catches.
He was tidy behind the stumps in last week’s win against Gloucestershire, and will be aiming to continue that form when Glamorgan visit Headingley tomorrow.
Yorkshire are expected to have Bairstow back for the Champions League, but cannot be sure.
They will seek permission to take Hodd, 28, although would be happy to include youngster Dan Hodgson if they do not get the green light for Plan A.
“We're hopeful that we'll be able to secure his services for the future, so we'll say 'look, he's been on loan with us, we're looking to sign him to a permanent contract, he's essentially a Yorkshire player. Is there any special consideration given?’," explained first-team coach Jason Gillespie.
“We've got our bases covered if Jonny or Hoddy aren't available because Dan Hodgson's done extremely well for us."
Fast bowling triallist Steven Cheetham is an option to play against Glamorgan should Ryan Sidebottom, who missed last week's win over Gloucestershire, encounter a last minute recurrence of his bad back.
Cheetham, 24, has impressed in the seconds during the last month after being released by Lancashire last winter.
If he debuts tomorrow, he is thought to be the first player to move from Lancashire to Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, Gary Ballance scooped the supporters' and players' Player of the Year gongs as well as the prize for the best fielder of the summer at Sunday's 2012 Awards dinner.
Joe Root was named Young Player of the Year, while Jack Leaning took the Academy's prize.