County ins & outs – signings, departures and rumours

Middlesex lift the County Championship cup at Lord's

Middlesex won their first Championship title since 1993 on the final day of the 2016 season

With the 2016 season over, stay up to date with the latest player signings, moves and speculation from all the counties for 2017.

Counties are allowed to field two overseas players in Twenty20 games, with up to four registered for that competition, although only two can be registered at any one time, and registrations must be for a minimum of 10 days.

Only one overseas player is permitted in the County Championship and One-Day Cup competitions.

Guide to abbreviations
Also shows, where relevant, players’ previous counties
KPK: Kolpak contract REL: Released
RET: Retired YTH: From youth teams
EUP: European Union passport UKP: Born overseas, but has UK passport

Kolpak contracts are signed by foreign players, using a European Court ruling to avoid counting against the quota of one overseas player per club.

Players who moved counties or retired during the 2016 season are included on the 2016 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.

Most recent confirmed moves
28 OctoberDerbyshire sign Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Mendis for the first half of the season
26 October Hampshire hand a summer contract to all-rounder Fraser Hay
24 OctoberKent sign all-rounder Will Gidman, two days after he leaves Nottinghamshire
24 OctoberDerbyshire sign South Africa spinner Imran Tahir as their overseas player


Overseas player 2016: Hamish Rutherford (New Zealand); James Neesham (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2017: Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka, until June);Imran Tahir (South Africa, from June after Champions Trophy)
In Out
Gary Wilson (Surrey) Callum Parkinson (Leicestershire)
Luis Reece (Lancashire) Chesney Hughes (REL)
Imran Tahir (Nottinghamshire) Wes Durston (REL)
Harry White (REL)
Full Derbyshire squad list Latest Derbyshire news

Other news: The county have announced a new coaching set-up, with ex-captain Kim Barnett as director of cricket, supported by Twenty20 specialist coach John Wright plus a first XI support coach and development coach who are yet to be appointed. Seamer Tony Palladino has taken a player-coach role, while Durston’s departure leaves a vacancy as limited-overs captain.


Overseas player 2016: none
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Cameron Steel (YTH) Gordon Muchall (RET)
Mark Stoneman (Surrey)
Phil Mustard (Gloucestershire)
Scott Borthwick (Surrey)
Asher Hart (Hampshire)
Gurman Randhawa (REL)
Calum MacLeod (REL)
Jamie Harrison (REL)
Full Durham squad list Latest Durham news

Other news: Durham were relegated to Division Two over financial issues but have agreed a £3.74m rescue package with the local council. They have a vacancy as one-day captain following Stoneman’s departure.


Overseas player 2016: Jesse Ryder (New Zealand); Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Adam Wheater (Hampshire) Graham Napier (RET)
Simon Harmer (KPK) David Masters (RET)
Jaik Mickleburgh (REL)
Full Essex squad list Latest Essex news

Possible signings: Essex made an approach for Nottinghamshire’s out-of-contract England batsman Alex Hales in June, and have also been linked with a move for Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir.


Overseas player 2016: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa); Dale Steyn (South Africa); Shaun Tait (Australia)
Overseas player 2017: Jacques Rudolph (South Africa)
In Out
none James Kettleborough (REL)
Dewi Penrhyn Jones (REL)
Full Glamorgan squad list Latest Glamorgan news

Possible signings: Chief executive Hugh Morris says recruiting another pace bowler is their priority.


Overseas player 2016: Cameron Bancroft (Australia); Michael Klinger (Australia); Andrew Tye (Australia)
Overseas player 2017: Cameron Bancroft (Australia); Michael Klinger (Australia, primarily for limited-overs cricket)
In Out
Phil Mustard (Durham) Hamish Marshall (REL)
Tom Hampton (REL)
Full Gloucestershire squad list Latest Gloucestershire news


Overseas player 2016: Ryan McLaren (South Africa); Shahid Afridi (Pakistan); Darren Sammy (West Indies)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Asher Hart (Durham) Adam Wheater (Essex)
Fraser Hay (UKP) James Tomlinson (RET)
Andy Carter (RET)
Ryan McLaren (Lancashire)
Full Hampshire squad list Latest Hampshire news

Other news: Hampshire were reprieved from relegation because of Durham’s financial problems.


Overseas player 2016: Kagiso Rabada (South Africa); Tom Latham (New Zealand); Hardus Viljoen (South Africa)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Will Gidman (Nottinghamshire) David Griffiths (REL)
Sam Weller (REL)
Full Kent squad list Latest Kent news

Other news: Head coach Jimmy Adams has stepped down after five years in charge of the club.


Overseas player 2016: Neil Wagner (New Zealand); Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Overseas player 2017: James Faulkner (Australia, for Twenty20); Ryan McLaren (South Africa)
In Out
Ryan McLaren (Hampshire) Gavin Griffiths (Leicestershire)
Luis Reece (Derbyshire)
George Edwards (REL)
Nathan Buck (Northamptonshire)
Full Lancashire squad list Latest Lancashire news

Possible departures: Ex-South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has said he may not return in 2017 for family reasons.


Overseas player 2016: Clint McKay (Australia); Umar Akmal (Pakistan); Farhaan Behardien (South Africa)
Overseas player 2017: Clint McKay (Australia); Sharjeel Khan (Pakistan, for Twenty20)
In Out
Richard Jones (Warwickshire) Rob Taylor (REL)
Gavin Griffiths (Lancashire) Atif Sheikh (REL)
Callum Parkinson (Derbyshire) Ollie Freckingham (REL)
Colin Ackermann (EUP) Jigar Naik (REL)
Michael Burgess (REL)
Full Leicestershire squad list Latest Leicestershire news

Other news: Elite performance director Andrew McDonald has left the county, to be replaced by assistant Pierre de Bruyn. Former Derbyshire elite performance director Graeme Welch will be his assistant.


Overseas player 2016: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand); Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand); Adam Voges (Australia); George Bailey (Australia)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
none none
Full Middlesex squad list Latest Middlesex news


Overseas player 2016: Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa); Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka)
Overseas player 2017: Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa)
In Out
Nathan Buck (Lancashire) Olly Stone (Warwickshire)
Full Northamptonshire squad list Latest Northamptonshire news


Overseas player 2016: Dan Christian (Australia); Jackson Bird (Australia); Andre Russell (West Indies); Imran Tahir (South Africa)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Ben Kitt (YTH) Sam Wood (REL)
Will Gidman (Kent)
Imran Tahir (Derbyshire)
Full Notts squad list Latest Notts news

Possible departures: Essex made an approach in June for opener Alex Hales, who is out of contract.

Other news: Former England head coach Peter Moores, who has worked as a coaching consultant at Trent Bridge since June 2015, will take over as head coach from 1 October. He will work alongside director of cricket Mick Newell.


Overseas player 2016: Chris Rogers (Australia); Chris Gayle (West Indies); Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
Steven Davies (Surrey) Alex Barrow (REL)
George Bartlett (YTH) Chris Rogers (RET)
Full Somerset squad list Latest Somerset news

Other news: Somerset have a vacancy as County Championship captain following Rogers’ retirement.


Overseas player 2016: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka); Dwayne Bravo (West Indies); Aaron Finch (Australia); Chris Morris (South Africa)
Overseas player 2017: Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
In Out
Mark Stoneman (Durham) Steven Davies (Somerset)
Scott Borthwick (Durham) Gary Wilson (Derbyshire)
Full Surrey squad list Latest Surrey news


Overseas player 2016: Ross Taylor (New Zealand); Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh); David Wiese (South Africa); Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
none Lewis Hatchett (RET)
Craig Cachopa (REL)
Full Sussex squad list Latest Sussex news

Other news: Chief executive Zac Toumazi will leave at the end of 2016.


Overseas player 2016: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand); Matthew Wade (Australia)
Overseas player 2017: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand)
In Out
Olly Stone (Northamptonshire) Richard Jones (Leicestershire)
Recordo Gordon (REL)
Full Warwickshire squad list Latest Warwickshire news

Other news: Director of cricket Dougie Brown has left the county.


Overseas player 2016: Matt Henry (New Zealand); Kyle Abbott (South Africa); Mitchell Santner (New Zealand); Miguel Cummins (West Indies)
Overseas player 2017: John Hastings (Australia)
In Out
none Chris Russell (REL)
Full Worcestershire squad list Latest Worcestershire news

Other news: Joe Leach has replaced Daryl Mitchell as captain.


Overseas player 2016: Kane Williamson (New Zealand); Travis Head (Australia); Jake Lehmann (Australia)
Overseas player 2017: TBC
In Out
none none
Full Yorkshire squad list Latest Yorkshire news

Other news: First XI coach Jason Gillespie left at the end of the 2016 season.

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