Jim Allenby

And then I saw his face; Allen-belieeever; Not a trace of doubt in his mind...

If the last couple of months of 2010 seemed to bring nothing but a trail of bad news and departures from the SWALEC, it is liberating to see the New Year be more generous in its offerings. And after the appointment of Matthew Mott as first team coach comes another pretty tidy announcement.

Jim Allenby is staying.

Without question, that is the headline of the summer – everything else: Ashes wins, South Africa’s battle with India for top billing in the rankings, whatever – they’re all footnotes. And to their credit, Glamorgan’s powers that be are working hard to hold everything together in this transition period.

Announced this afternoon, it was confirmed that Jim Allenby had pledged his future to Glamorgan until 2012, with the potential for a one-year extension. It certainly is heartening news, given his epic contribution last season. Definitely worth the £10 wager…

Deputy chairman Nigel Roberts said: “[Jim’s] performances last season confirm that he forms an important part of our future plans.” – has a role of responsibility been offered to entice the signature? Or was Allenby convinced by Mott’s arrival as coach? As far as we know, Mark Wallace remains VC…

A word from Jim: “I have enjoyed my time at Glamorgan and look forward to working with Matthew Mott and Alviro Petersen. Last season was a successful one for me and I hope that 2011 will be a successful one for the team.”

[tweetmeme source=”petehayman” only_single=false]Here’s hoping Jim. I run the risk of uncontrollable hyperbole, but Glamorgan’s prospects have been enhanced by the retention of Allenby. Has there been any definitive word on Tom Maynard yet? Just thinking, like… no. It couldn’t, could it?


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