DURHAM bowler Liam Plunkett has joined rivals Yorkshire after being told he was surplus to requirements at the Emirates ICG.
Plunkett, who came through the ranks at Durham, has fallen down the pecking order at Chester-le-Street in recent seasons, and was told last month that he could leave if he could find a new county.
The seamer made his First-Class debut in 2003, and took 51 wickets in his first full season for Durham.
He was an integral part of the side that won the Friends Provident Trophy in 2007 and County Championship titles in 2008 and 2009, claiming 49 scalps as Durham retained their crown.
Plunkett also won international honours, making his International Test debut in November 2005 on England’s tour of Pakistan
Since then he has played nine Test matches, 29 ODI’s and one International t20.
But injury problems restricted his playing time for Durham, and despite working hard to regain fitness, Plunkett looked a shadow of his former self at the start of last season.
That saw him drop out of the first-team picture, and has led to him being allowed to move on with a year still left to run on his contract.
Speaking on his time at Durham, Plunkett said: “I have had 12 very happy years at the club, and wish to thank the supporters, staff and my playing colleagues for the support they have shown me over that time.
“I have been immensely proud to represent England as a Durham player and thank the club for all they have done in helping me reach that level.
“At this stage of my career, I believe that a fresh challenge would benefit me and I feel this is required to help me reach my goal of representing my country again.
“I wish the club all the best for the future, and look forward to coming back to Emirates Durham ICG, a place I will always regard as home.”