A gifted top-order batsman, Loye made a name for himself in 1998 when he made almost 1,200 first-class runs for Northamptonshire including the county's individual scoring record of 322 not out against Glamorgan.
In the same game he shared a stand of 401 with David Ripley, the highest for the fifth wicket in England.
That year he was named PCA Player of the Year to follow on from his 1993 award of PCA Young Player of the Year.
Loye has over 10,000 first-class runs to his name and has represented both England U19 and England A.
He was an ever-present during Lancashire's march to the County Championship Division Two title in 2005 and was the county's leading run-scorer with 1,198, including a knock of 200 against Durham.
He almost became the first Lancashire batsman to score consecutive double centuries but was dismissed for 194 in the next match against Essex.
Loye also made a century in the Twenty20 Cup for the first time when he hammered exactly 100 against Durham, including five sixes and 10 fours.
That form led to him being named in England's 30-man squad for the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy and also in the provisional 30-man party for the 2007 World Cup, but missed the final cut for both.
He was called up to the one-day squad for the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia after Michael Vaughan suffered a hamstring injury, but he played just seven matches before being discarded.
Loye was named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in South Africa later that year, but again missed the final cut.
Injury interrupted Loye's domestic campaign in 2007, and he played just nine championship games the following summer.
Though he topped the Lancashire batting charts in 2009 with 983 runs at an average of 54.61 in the championship, he left at the end of the season to join his native Northamptonshire on a two-year deal.