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Worcestershire say the appointment is the "final part of the jigsaw" in a coaching staff restructure which saw Kevin Sharp promoted to head coach and Alan Richardson brought in as bowling coach
Worcestershire have named Alex Gidman as Second XI coach
Alex Gidman has been appointed Second XI coach at Worcestershire ahead of the 2018 campaign.
The former Gloucestershire captain joined the county as a player in 2015 but was forced to retire due to a finger injury and has since moved into coaching.
He will take on the Second XI role at New Road following the departure of Matt Mason, who made the switch to Leicestershire earlier in the winter.
Worcestershire say his appointment is the "final part of the jigsaw" in a coaching staff restructure which saw Kevin Sharp promoted to head coach and Alan Richardson brought in as bowling coach following the abrupt exit of former director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
Gidman said: "I’m very happy and really excited and looking forward to starting with the group and hopefully assisting them in achieving their team and personal goals.
Gidman was on the county's book as a player
"Getting back into the professional game was always something I’d have liked to have done. Opportunities don’t come around very often and I didn’t want to rely on that happening and I’ve put in a lot of work and learnt a lot in order to try and make myself a better coach.
"I’ve learn a lot away from cricket which I think has been very helpful and developed me as a person and a coach.
"So once this opportunity came up, I gave it a go and felt I was in a good position to offer something to the group and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity.
"There is no doubt I built some good relationships with the players when I was playing but that was a long time ago now.
"He quite clearly wants to get back into the game as a coach. He made that very clear in his interview"- Kevin Sharp on Alex Gidman
"A lot has changed. I’ve changed as a person and this is a completely different role.
"However, it’s nice to have an understanding of some of the players characters and technical work. It’s a really exciting opportunity."
Sharp said: "He quite clearly wants to get back into the game as a coach. He made that very clear in his interview.
"He is a wise man, he is a smart man, he has got captaincy experience, he is an outside of the box thinker, he sometimes thinks of things others wouldn’t think if and I’ve always enjoyed that in Alex.
"He will compliment our coaching team and bring a dynamic to it, a way of thinking, that will challenge us. That is just brilliant.
"The lads will be delighted with his appointment. It will motivate the group enormously."