Yorkshire have confirmed seam bowler Jack Brooks will leave the club after six years to join Somerset at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old has penned a three-year deal to commit his future cricket to Taunton, and becomes the second senior Yorkshire bowler to leave the county after Liam Plunkett agreed to join Surrey.
Brooks boasts a impressive haul of 291 first-class wickets during his time at Headingley coming at an average of 26.56.
Commenting on the news, Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon noted the huge loss Brooks would be within the team’s changing room.
“We are very disappointed to be losing Jack. He’s been a fantastic servant for us over the last six years and a very popular member of the team, as well as being popular with our Members.
“However, we made him the best offer that we could under the circumstances and we fully understand his reasons for taking up the offer from Somerset.
Part of the team to win back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015, the bowler said he would be leaving the club with a heavy heart.
“With a genuine tear in my eye and heavy heart I will leave Yorkshire at the end of the season,“ Brooks told yorkshireccc.com. “It’s been a rather surreal journey, I’ve had some incredible times here and made some lifelong close friends.
“If I’m remembered at all for representing the Club with a smile on my face, some passion and being a small cog in a well-oiled Yorkshire Cricket machine during our back to back Championships in 2014 & 15 then that’s good enough for me.
“Since joining I never imagined I’d leave by my own choice. However, all good things come to an end and Somerset have offered me a new and very exciting opportunity which, after extremely careful consideration, I have accepted.
“I will be giving my all for the rest of the season and hope to contribute some more match-winning performances to the team and keep us in Division One.
“Thank you to all the fantastic supporters who have been so kind to me and taken me as one of your own for the past six years, it really does mean a huge amount to me.”
The accolades achieved by Brooks for the White Roses has seen his win England Lions honours and score a first-class century against rivals Lancashire last year.