The distinctively tall Cornishman took 29 wickets in the Frizzell County Championship during the 2004 season and impressed with his probing late swingers.
He joined Nottinghamshire on a three-month contract in 2003 but impressed enough to earn a two-year deal and is only the second Cornishman to play for the county.
However, he did not feature for the team in 2005, their championship-winning year, as the county's top seamers stayed fit throughout the season.
Shreck stormed back into the team in 2006 and, in the second innings of the LV County Championship match against Middlesex at Trent Bridge in June, took the first eight wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 49. He finished with match figures of 12-129.
He took a hat-trick in Nottinghamshire's championship win over the same opponents at Lord's later in the season, and signed a new two-year contract not long after being awarded his county cap.
Shreck finished the 2007 season as Nottinghamshire's joint leading wicket-taker - he took 43 wickets in the championship at 28 apiece - and earned a call-up to the England Lions squad for the tour of India in early 2008 after Kabir Ali withdrew due to injury.
He had a rewarding spell with Wellington in New Zealand, before being called up to the England Lions party in 2008. Shreck is seen by many as a possible England player-in waiting.
With Notts’ other seamers often absent through injury or international duty, Shreck was an ever-present in the Notts side that finished second in the 2008 championship.
He topped the wickets list with 58 scalps and two five-wicket hauls in first-class cricket. He was less of an automatic selection in limited-overs cricket, but still chipped in with useful wickets and is rarely expensive.