Brooks departs for pastures new

Jack Brooks has left Northamptonshire
Jack Brooks has left Northamptonshire
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Jack Brooks will be plying his trade for another county in the 2013 season after announcing that he is to leave Northamptonshire.

The 28-year-old seamer has exercised a clause midway through his two-year contract that allows him to walk away if the club are not in Division One of the County Championship.

And after a career that has risen rapidly since his debut against the touring Australians in 2009, Brooks believes that a move away is necessary if he is fulfil his ambitions in the game.

He said: “I think I can achieve more in the game by playing elsewhere and at my stage it is an opportunity that might not present itself again.

“I want to keep my name in the England frame and join a so-called bigger club, possibly with the chance to play at a Test ground, and that is something that I think I need to do.

“I think I’ll improve as a cricketer, I’m an ambitious person, and I want to be challenging for trophies which hasn’t been the case.”

While the destination of his move is yet to be decided, Brooks admitted that he isn’t in any hurry and a Division One club, a number of whom have already expressed an interest, is a more likely choice.

He added: “There’s no massive rush to sign anything but I know that clubs need to get their squads sorted for next year.

“It was a hard enough decision to leave and it will be a difficult decision to decide where I want to play and live so it might take some time to sort out.

“I’ve spoken to a few clubs, including some in the second division, but Division One gets more ceverage in the media and I really want to be challenging to win the Championship.

“That isn’t the be-all and end-all by any means but I would say that a Division One side is probably favourite at the moment and that is a big part, although not the only reason, of why I want to move.”

And Brooks said that he will leave the County Ground with a heavy heart.

“I’ve got some very good friends here and when you play day-in and day-out with people you do form a special bondand I’ll keep an eye out for how they’re getting on.

“The club has been fantastic to me ever since I turned up a few years ago and they’ve looked after me well.

“I hope I’m remembered for the wholehearted way I went about things and I wish them every success in the future.”