Anthony McGrath: Promotion a fitting reward for super season at Yorkshire

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Anthony McGrath column

I will be sitting down with the club this week to discuss my future. We wanted to get the most important thing sorted before starting talks, which was getting Yorkshire promoted in the Championship.

It is a brilliant achievement for us to go back up at the first time of asking. As we know, it was the main aim at the start of the season after a disappointing 2011. To do it in the final week of the campaign is very satisfying indeed.

You don’t want to be down in Division Two for too long and it is very good for the club, the supporters and the players that we are in the top division next year.

The plan now is to go and try and challenge what Warwickshire have done this season. If we can do that, then it will really be the time to celebrate – when we’ve won something in Division One.

A lot of hard work has gone into our success this year and everybody should savour the moment and look forward to next year.

Not only is it a great achievement to go through the whole four-day season unbeaten, to win the last three games under pressure shows the character we have in the dressing room.

The lads have now got the Champions League T20 competition to look forward to in South Africa after a couple of weeks resting up. I didn’t play in the Twenty20, so I’m not going, but it will be a great experience for the lads.

They fully deserve it after having such a great year in the shortest form of the game and I’m sure they will do well out there.

I’m really pleased with the way this season has gone personally. A lot of people doubted me at the start of the year but I always had confidence in what I could do, as long as I could stay free from injury.

I’ve done that, managed to stay on the pitch and I think with bat and ball I’ve done well.

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