Hotly tipped Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke has become the latest player to join Nottinghamshire, after signing a four-year deal.
The 22-year-old recently helped Worcestershire to the Vitality Blast T20 title and has been earmarked as a future England Test player.
Worcestershire CEO Matt Rawnsley said: “We’re disappointed that Joe will be leaving us, but I’m very confident that we did everything that we could to retain him.
“Joe wondered if we wanted him to play this next game against Yorkshire. My view was that we would always pick our best eleven and want to win matches, and he should be part of that. It will give him a chance to sign off in the way he, and we want him to, with runs and a win”
“We wish Joe all the very best for the future. Our goal as a first-class county is to produce England cricketers, and I sincerely hope that Joe goes on to play at the highest level.”
Clarke averages over 40 in first-class cricket, with 12 centuries and has also scored four white-ball centuries.
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell, who has been busy recruiting players of late, said: “We’re very pleased that Joe has decided to join us. He’s a very good young player with a great record already behind him.
“Hopefully we can make the most of his talent and help him become the best player he can be.”
Clarke will make his final appearance for Worcestershire in the Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Blackfinch New Road beginning on Monday.
He joins Ben Slater, Ben Duckett and Zak Chappell in recently signing deals with Nottinghamshire for next season.