FORMER Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard has returned to old club Glamorgan to take up a role as a consultant batting coach.

Maynard represented the Welsh county as a player for 20 years, captaining them to the County Championship title in 1997, before taking the reins as coach between 2008 and 2010.

He left in controversial circumstances, but now returns to Sophia Gardens just over a month after leaving his position at Somerset.

The 51-year-old will be linking up with former teammates Robert Croft, who currently coaches Glamorgan, and Hugh Morris, who is now chief executive.

Morris said: "He is the ideal person to bring on board to oversee and develop the first-team batting, as well as our young Welsh talent.

"He will support the current coaching team under the leadership of Robert Croft and bring extra technical expertise to the batting, as we look to build on our one-day success and begin to compete across all three formats."

Maynard left the Cooper Associates County Ground at the end of the 2017 season after the club narrowly avoided relegation from Division One of the County Championship.

A cricket review split his director of cricket role into two, with those jobs since filled by Jason Kerr (head coach) and Andy Hurry (director of cricket).

Former Somerset one-day captain Jim Allenby, meanwhile, seems to have moved on quickly from his departure.

Now back in Australia, Allenby posted the following tweet from the beach on Monday.