Ethan Brookes has vowed to give his all for Warwickshire for the remainder of the season having agreed a deal to join neighbours Worcestershire.
The 22-year-old – who progressed through the Club’s youth pathway from under-10s to the Academy – has signed a two-year deal at New Road and will leave Edgbaston at the end of this campaign when his contract expires.
The all-rounder, from Solihull, signed for his boyhood club in 2019 and made his First Class debut in September that year at home to Essex.
But his first team opportunities have been limited – 16 List A games and three in red ball – as he’s moved through the ranks alongside the likes of Rob Yates, Dan Mousley and Jacob Bethell.
Brookes said he’s leaving Edgbaston with mixed emotions after a long association with the Club but decided the time was right to move on.
“I’ve been here since the age of nine, made loads of friends and worked with great coaches, so it will be strange moving to a new environment,” he said.
“Warwickshire have helped me out massively so I’ve nothing but good words to say about everyone. It’s bittersweet moving on but hopefully an exciting new chapter in my career.
“I’m 100 per cent still a Bear for now and will be giving it my all, as I always do, to try and help the side win games. It would be great to leave on a high with a really good showing in the One Day Cup.”
Brookes has been in good form for the Bears Second XI – hitting 142 and 147 in consecutive matches last month – and hit three tons for the Seconds last year.
First team Coach Mark Robinson said: “Everyone at Warwickshire couldn’t be happier for Ethan with his move where hopefully he will get the game time his talent deserves.
“His chances with us have been limited but he has been a model professional and the type of person everyone at the Club wants to succeed.
“He’s a great lad and a top team man and I know he will take those excellent traits to Worcester with him.”