Nottinghamshire join chase for Gloucestershire target Ed Cowan
Gloucestershire's prospects of bringing Ed Cowan back to Bristol are fast receding.
Australian batsman Cowan is on a shortlist of candidates Gloucestershire are considering to take on the dual role of overseas player and captain for the 2013 county season.
But Cowan's form for Australia in the recent Test series against South Africa Down Under has attracted interest from rival English counties and Nottinghamshire are in talks with the 30-year-old left-hander.
Although Cowan seems certain to be named in the Australia squad for next summer's Ashes series in England, he is likely to be available to play county cricket in April and May.
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And First Division Nottinghamshire have the financial resources to make the Australia opener a more lucrative offer than anything Gloucestershire might come up with.
If Cowan signs up for Nottinghamshire's first seven Championship games between tours to India and England for the Ashes, it will leave Gloucestershire needing to look elsewhere for an overseas captain.
Cowan spent two short spells at Gloucestershire last season, making a hundred in a Championship match against Essex at Cheltenham in July and featuring in three first class games in all.
Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell contacted Cowan in the Autumn to check on his availability for next season.
But the county want an overseas player and captain who is available for the entire season and Cowan's form with the bat for Australia and Nottinghamshire's subsequent interest will almost certainly rule out a return to Bristol.