England limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is to leave Somerset, the county have confirmed.
The 23-year-old's contract runs out shortly and he will not sign an extension.
Buttler has come through the ranks at Somerset and recently established himself as England's one-day and Twenty20 international gloveman, although he is yet to play a Test.
The innovative batsman has a List A average of 51 and T20 strike-rate of 143, but his first-class average of 32 leaves room for improvement.
A statement from Somerset this evening read: “Somerset County Cricket Club is very disappointed to announce that Jos Buttler has decided to leave the club at the end of this season. This has been an immensely difficult decision for him and he departs with our very best wishes.”
Despite his ascension with England, Buttler has been unable to dislodge Craig Kieswetter as Somerset’s first-choice wicketkeeper.
Somerset CEO Guy Lavender said: “Both Jos and the club have worked extremely hard over the last few months to find a solution, which satisfies Jos' understandable desire to have more time behind the stumps in order to advance his international career. I would like to make it clear that he has behaved impeccably during this difficult process.
“However, the club, on a matter of principle and pragmatism, feels unable to offer a guarantee to Jos - or any other player - of selection in their preferred role. Such a situation would be unfair on team-mates as well as those selecting the side.
“We thank Jos for all he has done for the club and wish him well in the future.”
Buttler added: “I am very sad to be leaving Somerset but feel it is a decision I must take in order to develop my expertise as a wicketkeeper.
“I am immensely grateful for all the help and support that everyone at Somerset has given me which has shaped the player and person I am today. I would like to wish the club the best of luck for the future.”
Meanwhile, Somerset have released seamer Gemaal Hussain, who joined from Gloucestershire for the 2011 season on a three-year deal but did not make the expected impact at Taunton in part through injury.