Jack Brooks leaves Northamptonshire with the club’s very best wishes.
The paceman exercised a get-out clause in his contract which enabled him to leave Wantage Road a year early after promotion was not secured from Division Two of the County Championship.
And, having confirmed to the County a couple of weeks ago that he would be going, he yesterday agreed a three-year deal to join Yorkshire.
But, far from resenting Brooks’ decision to go, Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith simply hopes he enjoys good fortune with his new employers.
“He leaves with our very best wishes,” Smith said.
“In many ways it is a sensible move for him.
“He’s 29 next birthday and he wants to be playing at as high a level as he can.
“This also offers the opportunity to go and play at a Test match ground.
“He’s been exceptional for us but I think there were about 11 clubs after him so he had a lot of options to go elsewhere.
“A player of his quality who, because he is unlikely to be in the Test team immediately, will be available for all competitions is like gold dust and you can see why so many people wanted him.
“I hope he does very well and we wish him all the best.”