Brooks set for Northants exit
England Lions seamer Jack Brooks will leave Northamptonshire after activating a get-out clause in his contract.
The 28-year-old has claimed 118 first-class wickets since making his debut for the county against Australia in 2009 and impressed for England’s second-string in the process.
It is Brooks’ desire to gain full international honours that has prompted his decision to leave Wantage Road and seek another opportunity elsewhere.
He said: “I’ve taken this decision to leave Northants because I want to compete at the highest level possible.
“The opportunities being offered to me are too good to turn down, and I owe it to myself to explore all avenues as I continue my quest for international honours.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northants and fully appreciate the support I’ve been given by all at the club. Hopefully, I’ll be remembered for my performances and wholehearted approach to the game.”
Head coach David Ripley and chief executive David Smith have expressed their sadness at Brooks’ impending departure, yet fully understand his decision.
Ripley said: “I am saddened by Jack’s departure; we will miss him both on the field and in the dressing room as he is a real character.
“He is striving for international honours and domestic trophies, which I believe are both achievable here, but I fully understand and respect his decision to leave. We wish Jack all the best in his future.”
Smith said: “Jack leaving us is a reflection of our more mobile cricket society and of more flexible employment laws that allow players to move between county cricket clubs on a more regular basis than in the past.
The club wants to place on record its appreciation of Jack’s service over the past four years and wish him all the very best for the future. Jack has been a very popular member of our dressing room.”