Northamptonshire seamer Lee Daggett will retire from professional cricket at the end of the season, aged 30, to become a physiotherapist for Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
Daggett made his first-class debut in 2003, for Durham MCCU versus Nottinghamshire. He represented Warwickshire from 2006 to 2008, and Leicestershire in 2008, before joining Northants in 2009.
He was part of the Steelbacks team that won this year’s Friends Life t20, Northants’ first major trophy in 21 years, and has helped to put the county on course for LV= County Championship promotion.
The right-armer has taken 165 first-class wickets at an average of 37.73 during his career, including a best of 8-94 for Durham MCCU against Durham, 79 scalps at 25.96 in List A and 28 at 35.89 in Twenty20.
Daggett has also been a leading representative for the club in the community and is Northants Cricket’s ambassador for disability cricket. He is known for his charity work and helping those in need. An example of this is the charity bike ride he and James Middlebrook will be taking part in for the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust in October.
Daggett said “After giving it a huge amount of consideration over the last couple of months, I have decided to retire at the end of the season to take up an offer of employment from Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
“Some of you may know that I have been a physiotherapist for over a year now and spent some time working with Northampton Saints last winter, in which time they decided to offer me a full-time position amongst their medical team. I have not taken this decision lightly and with all things considered I have decided it is time to move on to the next step of my career as a physio.
“I would like to thank everybody at Northants Cricket for all of your support over my five years at the club. On a personal level my career only began to progress once I joined the club and it is no surprise to me that the club is now getting the success that it richly deserves. I hope to maintain my links with all at the club over the coming years.
“I would also like to thank everybody else who has been involved in my career: players, coaches, physios, strength and conditioning coaches, ground and office staff. Not to mention my family, friends and wife for supporting me through what is a turbulent career path.
“The success in T20 has been a great way to finish, and I hope that we can top this off with further success in the championship. Finally I'd like to wish everybody associated with the club the best of luck for the future; I'm very confident that more success is on its way!”
Northants head coach David Ripley said: “Lee is an outstanding professional and it has been a pleasure to work with him during his time at Northants. I am delighted he has found an opportunity outside of the game, something that has secured his long-term future. His contribution to our one-day success this season has been massive, both in the dressing room and his skills on the field.”