After coming through the Lancashire Academy system, Richard Gleeson made his debut for the Red Rose in 2018, aged 30 after joining on a three-year contract from Northants at the back end of the campaign.
The tall seamer has only been playing First Class cricket for three seasons. He was picked up by Northants after impressing in Minor Counties cricket with Cumberland, whilst working for Lancashire as a Cricket Development Officer.
Gleeson had an impressive record across all three formats during his spell at Northants. He made 22 First Class appearances taking 83 wickets at an average of 22, 21 List A games taking 28 wickets at an average of 29 and 34 wickets from 31 T20s at an average of 23.
The right-arm bowler played an integral role as Northants won the T20 Blast trophy at Edgbaston in 2016, taking 14 wickets in 10 games at an average of just 16.
His form earned him a call up to the England Lions squad in early 2018, making his debut against the West Indies before featuring in the North-South series in Barbados in March.
Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple made the decision to bring Blackpool born Gleeson to the Club in August 2018 and he made an immediate debut against Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship, taking six wickets in the match.