Jack Brooks has committed his future to Yorkshire but insists he leaves Northamptonshire with a heavy heart.
The pace bowler, who was reportedly courted by 11 counties before opting for the Tykes, arrived at Wantage Road from the Minor Counties game just four years ago.
Since then he has made massive strides in a very short time and has elevated himself into the England set-up.
Now it is time to take the next step up at club level.
But, while he is excited by the chance that lies ahead of him, he leaves the County Ground with a little reluctance.
“I owe Northamptonshire a lot,” Brooks stated. “I’ve had a fantastic four years and I owe them for giving me my chance in the game.
“At the time I thought it might only be for a year but I got my head down and worked hard and I have improved an awful lot as a cricketer.
“I’ve now got much more belief in my ability.
“But I’m going with a heavy heart. There is unfinished business here.
“And I’m going to miss it a lot because they are great bunch of lads to work with and socialise with.
“However, careerwise it is the right move for me.”
It cricketing terms he is probably joining the most demanding employers possible.
The devotion showed to the game by the folk of Yorkshire is legendary and they expect success from their county.
That, however, does not faze Brooks.
“It is like a religion up there,” he added. “But that’s all part of the challenge for me.
“They appreciate good cricket and they like wholehearted performers.
“One thing they could never question with me is the fact I will always give 100 per cent.
“Hopefully I can take a few wickets and show them what I can do.
“The set-up there has impressed me and the club have shown interest in me for a couple of years which also encouraged me to sign.”
The chance to work closely with an Australian Test legend in Jason Gillespie might have been another reason for moving north – as was the chance to play at a Test match ground that offers some assistance to the seam bowler.
“The backroom staff of (Martin) Moxon, Gillespie and (Paul) Farbrace in an impressive one,” Brooks continued.
“I feel I can still improve as a cricketer and going to work there can really help me maximise my potential.
“On the field they have made massive strides forward in the last year or so and they are a young side looking to win a trophy.
“At this stage in my career that is what I want and what I need to go on to the next level myself.
“Historically the ground has got a bit for the bowlers – although most Test grounds are a bit flat these days.
“So it’s all there for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, added: “We are really pleased to have acquired Jack’s services. We’ve been looking to strengthen our squad to challenge in the first division of the Championship in 2013 and believe that Jack brings a great deal of quality to our existing seam attack.”