Schofield was awarded one of the first 12 central contracts given out by the ECB in 2000, after just two seasons of first-class cricket.
He did not get a bowl in his first Test against Zimbabwe but did score a half-century in his second, while his fielding has always been of the highest calibre.
He is a leg-spinner who can make the ball turn a significant degree, but he struggled with consistency and was released by Lancashire in 2004.
Since August 2006 he has been registered with Surrey and he played two Liverpool Victoria County Championship matches that season, scoring 104 runs at 34.66 and taking eight wickets at 37.00.
He was awarded a one-year contract by Surrey for 2007 and has impressed with bat and ball, particularly in one-day cricket.
He finished the group stages of the Twenty20 Cup in 2007 as the leading wicket-taker in the country, which earned him a place in England's 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 where he played in all but one of England's games.
Excellent domestic performances in the 2007 season, including an eight-wicket haul against Hampshire in the LV County Championship, saw him called up for the England Performance Programme in the winter of 2007-08.
Schofield was rewarded for his success in 2007 with a new two-year contract at Surrey.
A broken thumb kept him out of the latter stages of the 2008 campaign, but he took another seven wickets in the Twenty20 Cup as he proved his ability in the shortest format of the game.
He signed a two-year contract extension midway through he 2009 season during which he performed strongly with the bat, averaging over 35 in the championship - where he took 22 wickets - and in excess 30 in the NatWest Pro40.