By James Elliott
Monty Panesar put a troubled season behind him by signing a two year contract with Essex after being sent on loan there for the remainder of last season.
The county cricketer who is currently with the England squad down in Australia took 14 wickets in the six appearances he made for Essex when he was loaned out in August.
“I loved playing for Essex last season. In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the club,” Panesar said in a club statement.
His England career looked to be over after he urinated on a bouncer outside a nightclub in Brighton and then a video that showed bouncers pursuing him in the street after the urinating incident appeared online a few days later.
Panesar told the Daily Mail that he thought he had thrown away his England career after everything that happened last summer when he was dropped for the final Ashes test at the Oval.
Essex County Cricket Club was very pleased when Panesar signed for them as his period on loan turned out to be very successful.
“We are delighted that Monty has decided to join our club, he liked his time here at the end of last season and we enjoyed having him,” the Essex chief executive, Derek Bowden, said.
“He was on top of our list for new players and it’s great to finalise his signing in good time for next season.”
Panesar will now be able to put the whole incident that occurred last summer behind and get back to playing the sport he loves.