Brophy released as Hodd joins Yorkshire
Veteran wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy has been given permission to leave Yorkshire, who have brought in Andrew Hodd from Sussex on loan for the remainder of the LV= County Championship season.
Brophy, 36, will not be awarded a new contract for 2013 and is free to pursue opportunities elsewhere following a seven-year stint at Headingley Carnegie.
Hodd will act as cover for Jonny Bairstow, who has been recalled to England’s Test squad, while youngster Dan Hodgson, a debutant in yesterday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over the Unicorns, will retain the gloves in one-day cricket.
Former Northamptonshire stumper Brophy, given a benefit last summer, said: “I’m disappointed to be leaving Yorkshire after seven great years. I’ve had 20 years playing cricket and all good things must come to an end. I’ve always given my all for the White Rose and wish the club well in the future.”
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon added: “I have throughly enjoyed working with Gerard since I returned to the club in 2007. He has been an excellent servant to the club and has been a key member of the dressing room.
“He will be missed around the squad. I would like to record my appreciation for his professionalism and dedication to the Yorkshire cause over the last seven years and wish him every success in the future.”
Former England Under-19 keeper Hodd has fallen behind Ben Brown in the pecking order at Sussex and more than a year has passed since he played a four-day game.
Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “This is a great opportunity for Andrew to play some first-class cricket for a side challenging for promotion and all at Sussex wish him all the best.
“We still have the option to recall him should anything happen but most importantly it is a chance for Andrew to play some first-team cricket.”