Shropshire County Cricket Club chairman Toby Shaw today led the tributes to departing captain Ed Foster – and insisted his successor will be ‘home-grown.’
The Shropshire committee have begun the search for Foster’s replacement after the left-handed batsman stepped down from the role after three years at the helm.
And Shaw had nothing but praise for the departing skipper as he reflected on his tenure.
“It came as a shock to us and Ed has been a great servant to the county,” said Shaw.
“The team has made very positive progress but you have to respect his decision and his career is starting to blossom. He is a great role model and very professional in everything he does.
“He’s always led by example, commands the respect of people around him and he is going to be a very hard act to follow.”
Shaw, who revealed talks have opened with a former First-Class cricketer with a view to him coaching the side, insisted the search for a captain will focus within the current team rather than aiming to fill the role with one of their 2013 professionals.
“We’re looking to appoint someone from within Shropshire,” added Shaw, who is hoping a final decision will be reached on Foster’s successor in the next month.
Meanwhile, cricket co-ordinator Terry O’Connor hailed Foster’s contribution.
“He’s very impressive,” said O’Connor, who worked closely with the captain in the team environment.
“He has been excellent both on the field and in the dressing room.
“He has been a captain who has always led from the front and had the full support of the team.”