Peter Siddle has been ruled out of joining Nottinghamshire for the 2017 season due to a persistent back injury.
The Australian, who took 37 wickets at 31.48 during his last stint at Trent Bridge in 2014, has now been forced to withdraw from back-to-back county campaigns.
Mick Newell confirmed that he expects to sign a replacement in time for the start of the new season.
“I feel for Peter in particular because he’s had absolutely no luck in recent years when it comes to injuries,” said the Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket.
“We certainly didn’t imagine, when we signed him on a two-year contract for 2016 and 2017, that he wouldn’t play a single game for us during that time.
“It’s disappointing because his competitive character and proven ability would have been a real asset for us.
“We never stop monitoring the situation overseas. We’re always looking at who is available and who has the kind of quality we need, so we’re confident of quickly securing a replacement.”
Siddle, who has garnered 214 Test wickets from 62 career appearances, is staying positive as his rehabilitation continues.
“I’m good like that, nothing really gets to me,” he said. “I guess the years of playing cricket, you always have little setbacks with injury and missing cricket at different stages. It makes it a little bit easier to take in when you get older. So, I’ve been able to stay pretty level.
“I don’t think I’ve played this little cricket in an 18-month window since I was an 11-year-old kid and was just starting out.
“That’s the most frustrating thing, not playing the game that you love and your profession.
“But mentally I’m pretty good. I’m in a good place and I’ve got some good people around me who give me good support.”
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