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Andrew Hodd hopes to earn longer contract with Yorkshire
Andrew Hodd has revealed that his aim over the next month or so is to win himself a permanent deal with Yorkshire.
The 28-year-old is making his debut for the Tykes this week after signing on loan from Sussex at the weekend.
Hodd is providing cover for Jonny Bairstow, who is away on England duty, with his move to Headingley confirmed after the retirement of Gerard Brophy.
Speaking today as day one of the Tykes' LV= County Championship fixture with Derbyshire was badly affected by rain, he was asked whether he hoped to remain at Yorkshire after the end of this season.
He answered: “I’ve obviously got to do the business first, but hopefully yes. I think I’d be stupid not to have that in the back of my mind.
“At the same time it’s four games that I’ve probably got. I’ve got to try and win some cricket matches, help get Yorkshire promoted, and do myself justice by scoring some runs and taking some wickets.”
Hodd certainly appears to have an opportunity to earn himself a deal for the 2013 season.
With Brophy now gone and Bairstow’s long-term availability subject to his international commitments, the only other gloveman on the county’s books is 22 year-old Dan Hodgson, who only made his debut for the Tykes last weekend.
Hodd arrives having fallen out of favour at Hove.
He added: “I was getting frustrated at Sussex and I just want to make the most of the next 16 days or so.
“I know I’ve got something to prove because you’d be silly not to think that you are on show. I’m just going to give it a red-hot go and try to back myself.”
Hodd had plenty of time to get to know his new team-mates today at Headingley.
Just 30.1 overs of play were possible on the first day because of rain.
It was enough time for Adam Lyth to reach an unbeaten 60, with the county marooned on 127-2 in their first innings when play was abandoned at 4.30pm.
The latest intrusion means the county have now lost a remarkable amount of time to the weather this season.
The Tykes should have played 294 hours of cricket to this point in 2012.
They’ve only been in action for 128.