Cricket: New Derbyshire coach Sadler wants to ‘give something back’ to Ossett

John Sadler
John Sadler

John Sadler is hoping to be remain involved with Ossett Cricket Club despite scooping a prestigious coaching job at LV= County Championship Division Two side Derbyshire.

The former Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire star is the current first team captain and head of cricket at Ossett and has become a highly rated ECB Level 4 coach.

This week, Sadler, 32, was named as the batting coach in a radical shake-up of Derbyshire’s elite coaching team, following the team’s relegation from Division One last year.

He said: “It is a great opportunity for me to be involved in an exciting time at Derbyshire. It is a daunting and exciting prospect.

“The bigger county teams can invest in big players but as a smaller county, Derbyshire has to invest in youth and bring its own players through.”

Sadler will not only work with the club’s senior teams but also help develop youngsters in the academy and county age group sides.

However, he is also hopeful that he can continue to work with Ossett, where he developed as a junior player.

Sadler said: “I am still very much an Ossett player and I hope to be involved as much as I can.

“It will be a juggling act to work with different clubs but my playing and coaching career stemmed from Ossett and I want to be involved and give something back to the club.”

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