County ins & outs - signings, departures and rumours

Essex celebrate with the County Championship cup
Essex wrapped up the County Championship title, remaining unbeaten in 2017

With the 2018 season in full swing, stay up to date with the latest player signings, moves and speculation from all the counties.

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 contractREL: Released
RET: RetiredYTH: From youth teams
EUP: European Union passportUKP: 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 2017 season are included on the 2017 list. Have we missed anyone? Please let us know.

Most recent confirmed moves
22 September - Worcestershire's Joe Clarke will join Nottinghamshire at the end of the season
19 September - Australia's Dan Worrall re-signs with Gloucestershire for 2019
18 September - Kent seamer Matt Hunn will retire from cricket at the end of the season

DERBYSHIRE

Overseas player: Duanne Olivier (South Africa, first half of season); Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, for Twenty20, 6 July - 3 August); Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand, from 6 July); Henry Nicholls (New Zealand, for Twenty20, 11-18 August)
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Ravi Rampaul (Surrey, KPK)Tom Wood (REL)
Mark Footitt (Nottinghamshire, 28-day loan from 2 May)Greg Cork (REL)
Safyaan Sharif (Scotland)Shiv Thakor (REL)
Calum MacLeod (Scotland, for Twenty20)Rob Hemmings (REL)
Anuj Dal (Nottinghamshire)Tom Taylor (Leicestershire)
Matt McKiernan (for Twenty20)Tom Milnes (REL)
Dan WheeldonBen Cotton (Northamptonshire)
Sean Ervine (Hampshire, loan from 18 August-1 September)Matt Henry (Kent)
Tom Lace (Middlesex, loan from 28 August to end of season)Charlie Macdonell (REL)
Martin Andersson (Middlesex, loan from 3-9 September)Imran Tahir (Durham)
Ben Slater (Nottinghamshire, loan from 22 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Full Derbyshire squad listLatest Derbyshire news

Possible departures: Cricinfo reports that batsman Wayne Madsen is a target for Yorkshire.

Other news: Ex-Northamptonshire and Glamorgan batsman James Kettleborough has signed a summer contract to lead the second XI on and off the field. John Wright will return as T20 coach for another year, with former skipper Dominic Cork as T20 bowling coach and Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn providing support for the T20 coaching team. New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner's move was cancelled because of injury. Kim Barnett stepped down from his advisory role on 2 July, and former director of cricket David Houghton will return as head of cricket in October.

DURHAM

Overseas player: Aiden Markram (South Africa, until 14 May); Tom Latham (New Zealand, from 18 May until mid-August); Imran Tahir (South Africa, for Twenty20); Axar Patel (India, from 19 August)
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Will Smith (Hampshire)Paul Coughlin (Nottinghamshire)
Nathan Rimmington (UKP)Graham Onions (Lancashire)
Matt Dixon (Essex, one-month loan from 10 May)Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)
Ryan Davies (Somerset)
Matt Salisbury (MCC Young Cricketers)
Michael Jones (YTH)
Imran Tahir (Derbyshire)
Ben Whitehead (YTH)
Alex Lees (Yorkshire, loan from 13 August to become permanent at end of season)
Full Durham squad listLatest Durham news

Future signings: Lees will make his loan move from Yorkshire permanent at the end of the season, while Leicestershire all-rounder Ben Raine will also join for next season. Australia's Cameron Bancroft has signed to be Durham's overseas player in 2019.

Future departures: Skipper Paul Collingwood will retire at the end of the season, while director of cricket Geoff Cook will also depart, to be replaced by Marcus North.

Other news: Batsman Jack Burnham is banned for the 2018 season after receiving a one-year ban for recreational drug use. Latham will captain the club in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast following Jennings' and Coughlin's departures.

ESSEX

Overseas player: Peter Siddle (Australia, 13 April - 7 May and 1 August - 7 September); Neil Wagner (New Zealand, mid-May to end of July); Adam Zampa (Australia, for Twenty20);. Murali Vijay (India, from 8 September)
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Feroze Khushi (YTH)Kishen Velani (REL)
Matt Coles (Kent)Matt Dixon (Durham, one-month loan from 10 May)
Michael Pepper (YTH)
Shane Snater
Rishi Patel (YTH)
Full Essex squad listLatest Essex news

Future signings: Siddle has signed to return as Essex's overseas player for 2019 and 2020.

Future departures: Essex wicketkeeper James Foster will retire at the end of the season, while Ashar Zaidi, Callum Taylor and Matt Dixon will also depart.

Other news: Essex head coach Chris Silverwood has left to take over as England bowling coach and has been replaced by Anthony McGrath, who has been promoted from assistant coach. His new assistant is Dimitri Mascarenhas.

GLAMORGAN

Overseas player: Shaun Marsh (Australia, until 8 July); Usman Khawaja (Australia, as cover for Marsh from 9-28 June and then for Twenty20 until 4 August); Joe Burns (Australia, for Twenty20, 20 July-2 August); Stephen Cook (South Africa, from 1 September)
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Shaun Marsh (Yorkshire)Jacques Rudolph (RET)
Prem Sisodiya (YTH)Will Bragg (RET)
Aneurin Donald (Hampshire, loan from 20 August, to be made permanent at end of season)
Full Glamorgan squad listLatest Glamorgan news

Other news: Colin Ingram has become limited-overs captain, with Michael Hogan continuing to lead in the County Championship.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Overseas player: Dan Worrall (Australia, until 20 May); Michael Klinger (Australia, for Twenty20); Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka, for Twenty20 from 6-8 July) Andrew Tye (Australia, for Twenty20 from 11 July)
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Ryan Higgins (Middlesex)Patrick Grieshaber (REL)
Jacob Lintott (Hampshire)Brandon Gilmour (REL)
Ben Charlesworth (YTH)Phil Mustard (REL)
Full Gloucestershire squad listLatest Gloucestershire news

Future signings: Worrall has signed a deal to return in 2019.

Future departures: Seamers Liam Norwell and Craig Miles will join Warwickshire for the 2019 season.

Other news: Chris Dent will captain the Championship and One-Day Cup sides, replacing Gareth Roderick and Michael Klinger respectively. Spin bowler Jack Taylor has been banned from bowling for a year because of an illegal action, while ex-Australia opener Chris Rogers has joined the coaching staff for the first two months of the season.

HAMPSHIRE

Overseas player: Hashim Amla (South Africa, first two months of season); Dale Steyn (South Africa, 6-28 June & 8 August-11 September); Colin Munro (New Zealand, for Twenty20 until 3 August); Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 until 15 August)
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Chris Sole (YTH)Michael Carberry (Leicestershire)
Sam Northeast (Kent)Will Smith (Durham)
Ollie Rayner (Middlesex, loan from 20-28 June)Jacob Lintott (Gloucestershire)
Tom Scriven (YTH)Sean Ervine (Derbyshire, loan from 18 August-1 September, then RET on 1 September)
Aneurin Donald (Glamorgan, loan from 20 August, to be made permanent at end of season)
Oliver Soames (Loughborough MCCU)
Full Hampshire squad listLatest Hampshire news

Future departures: Batsman Jimmy Adams will retire at the end of the season.

Possible signings: Steyn has hinted that he could return to Hampshire next summer, after the World Cup.

Possible departures: Injury-hit seamer Reece Topley is out of contract at the end of the season, having only been contracted to play limited-overs cricket, and Cricinfo reports he faces an uncertain future after having back surgery which will keep him out until the summer of 2019.

Other news: James Vince will captain the side in all formats.

KENT

Overseas player: Matt Henry (New Zealand, first half of season and final five Championship games); Adam Milne (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Marcus Stoinis (Australia, for Twenty20); Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies, for Twenty20, 6-13 July)
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Ollie Robinson (YTH)Adam Ball (REL)
Heino Kuhn (KPK)Hugh Bernard (REL)
Matt Henry (Derbyshire)Charlie Hartley (REL)
Harry Podmore (Middlesex)Matt Coles (Essex)
Sam Northeast (Hampshire)
Adam Rouse (Surrey, loan from 16-18 July)
Full Kent squad listLatest Kent news

Future signings: Nottinghamshire seamer Matt Milnes will join at the end of the season.

Future departures: All-rounder Will Gidman spinner James Tredwell and seamer Matt Hunn will retire at the end of the season.

Possible signings: Cricinfo reports that Kent are interested in Leicestershire's Neil Dexter.

Other news: Keeper-batsman Sam Billings has been appointed as captain, after Northeast was replaced before his departure, with Paul Downton becoming director of cricket. Meanwhile, Allan Donald has taken up his role as assistant coach after finally receiving a work permit.

LANCASHIRE

Overseas player: Joe Mennie (Australia, until end of August); James Faulkner (Australia, for Twenty20); Zahir Khan (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 from 6 August); Keshav Maharaj (South Africa, from 28 August for Championship)
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Keaton Jennings (Durham)Kyle Jarvis (REL)
Graham Onions (Durham)Luke Procter (Northamptonshire)
Josh Bohannon (YTH)
Liam Hurt (YTH)
Mark Watt (Scotland)
Richard Gleeson (Northamptonshire, from 9 Sep)
Full Lancashire squad listLatest Lancashire news

Future departures: All-rounder Jordan Clark will join Surrey at the end of the season.

Other news: Liam Livingstone has replaced Steven Croft as captain.

LEICESTERSHIRE

Overseas player: Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan, for first Championship game in April then from mid-June); Varun Aaron (India, late April to early June); Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, for Twenty20)
InOut
Ateeq Javid (Warwickshire)Clint McKay (REL)
Michael Carberry (Hampshire)Will Fazakerley (RET)
Tom Taylor (Derbyshire)
Ben Mike (YTH)
Don Butchart (YTH)
James Dickinson (YTH)
Harry Funnell (YTH)
David Sayer (Cambridgeshire, dual registration)
Usman Arshad (Northumberland, dual registration)
Full Leicestershire squad listLatest Leicestershire news

Future signings: Seamer Chris Wright will join from Warwickshire on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

Future departures: Ben Raine will join Durham for next season, with fellow all-rounder Zak Chappell joining Nottinghamshire. Ned Eckersley, Mark Pettini, Tom Wells and Rob Sayer will also leave at the end of the campaign.

Possible departures: Cricinfo reports that Kent are interested in Leicestershire's Neil Dexter. Having been replaced as captain by Paul Horton on 25 May, Michael Carberry is reportedly considering legal action against the club.

Other news: Former wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has replaced Pierre de Bruyn as head coach. Assistant coach Graeme Welch has left to rejoin Warwickshire as bowling coach, so Nixon will be assisted by last season's 2nd XI coach John Sadler. Matt Mason from Worcestershire is the new bowling coach with ex-Lancashire skipper Tom Smith as 2nd XI coach. Colin Ackermann is the new Twenty20 captain, replacing Clint McKay.

MIDDLESEX

Overseas player: Hilton Cartwright (Australia, until end of June); Ashton Agar (Australia, for Twenty20); Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, for first six Twenty20 games)
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Ethan Bamber (YTH)Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire)
Harry Podmore (Kent)
Arthur Godsal (REL)
Ollie Rayner (Hampshire, loan from 20-28 June)
Tom Lace (Derbyshire, loan from 28 August to end of season)
Martin Andersson (Derbyshire, loan from 3-9 September)
Full Middlesex squad listLatest Middlesex news

Future departures: Spinner Ravi Patel will be released at the end of the season.

Other news: Middlesex have appointed Dawid Malan as their new County Championship captain, replacing James Franklin. But as Malan is likely to miss the One-Day Cup on England Test duty, Steven Finn has been named 50-over captain. Head coach Richard Scott left the club on 2 July. Assistant coach Richard Johnson will fill the role for the remainder of the season, while batting coach David Houghton is to leave in October to return to Derbyshire as head of cricket.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Overseas player: Doug Bracewell (New Zealand, first month of season); Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa, from mid-May until end of August); Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka, for one Championship match starting 25 June and Twenty20)
InOut
Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire)David Murphy (RET)
Luke Procter (Lancashire)Azharullah (REL)
Ricardo Vasconcelos (EUP)Chesney Hughes (REL)
Ben Cotton (Derbyshire)Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire, loan from 31 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Charlie ThurstonRichard Gleeson (Lancashire, from 9 Sep)
Kyle Coetzer (Scotland, for Twenty20)
Ben Curran (MCC Young Cricketers)
Full Northamptonshire squad listLatest Northamptonshire news

Future signings: Zimbabwe seamer Blessing Muzarabani will join on a three-year Kolpak contract from the start of 2019.

Future departures: Duckett's move to Notts will become permanent at the end of the season, while Steven Crook will retire.

Other news: Former captain David Sales has become full-time batting coach after a part-time spell in the role. Spinner Graeme White retired from first-class cricket on 19 June to concentrate on limited-overs formats.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Overseas player: Dan Christian (Australia, for Twenty20); Ish Sodhi (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Ross Taylor (New Zealand, for first half of season); Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies, from 15 August)
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Paul Coughlin (Durham)Chris Read (RET)
Chris Nash (Sussex)Brett Hutton (Northamptonshire)
Ross Taylor (Sussex)Anuj Dal (Derbyshire)
Will Fraine (ex-Durham MCCU)Cheteshwar Pujara (Yorkshire)
Jack Blatherwick (YTH)Mark Footitt (Derbyshire, 28-day loan from 2 May)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Yorkshire)Luke Wood (Worcestershire, month's loan from 3 July)
Ben Slater (Derbyshire, loan from 22 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire, loan from 31 August, to become permanent at end of season)
Lyndon James (YTH)
Full Notts squad listLatest Notts news

Future signings: Duckett, Leicestershire's Zak Chappell and Worcestershire's Joe Clarke will all join at the end of the season.

Future departures: Matt Milnes will join Kent at the end of the season while fellow seamer Ben Kitt was also leave Trent Bridge.

Other news: Steven Mullaney has replaced Chris Read as captain of the Championship and one-day sides, while the retired Read will return as a part-time coach. Batsman Alex Hales will only play limited-overs cricket in 2018 and 2019.

SOMERSET

Overseas player: Matt Renshaw (Australia, until 23 June); Corey Anderson (New Zealand, for Twenty20); Azhar Ali (Pakistan, from 22 July); Jerome Taylor (West Indies, for Twenty20 from 27 July)
InOut
Fin Trenouth (YTH)Jim Allenby (REL)
Tom Lammonby (YTH)Ryan Davies (Durham)
Jerome Taylor (Sussex)Michael Leask (REL)
Dean Elgar (Surrey)
Full Somerset squad listLatest Somerset news

Future signings: Yorkshire seamer Jack Brooks will join on a three-year deal for the 2019 season.

Future departures: Batsman Johann Myburgh, who is only playing limited-overs cricket this season, will retire at the end of the campaign while wicketkeeper batsman Fin Trenouth is to be released.

Other news: Andy Hurry has returned to Somerset at director of cricket following the departure of Matthew Maynard. Jason Kerr has stepped up from his position as bowling coach to become head coach. Following Allenby's departure, Tom Abell will add the One-Day Cup to his Championship captaincy responsibilities, while Lewis Gregory will lead the Twenty20 side.

Chief executive Lee Cooper stepped down on 14 March and has been replaced by Andrew Cornish. Strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness has joined Surrey and been replaced by Joel Tratt.

SURREY

Overseas player: Dean Elgar (South Africa, first two months of season and from 29 August); Theunis de Bruyn (South Africa, 20-28 June); Aaron Finch (Australia, primarily for Twenty20 from 12 July); Nic Maddinson (Australia, for Twenty20 from 12 July)
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Will Jacks (YTH)Kumar Sangakkara (RET)
Gus Atkinson (YTH)Ravi Rampaul (Derbyshire)
Morne Morkel (KPK)
Dean Elgar (Somerset)
Jamie Smith (YTH)
Adam Rouse (Kent, loan from 16-18 July)
Full Surrey squad listLatest Surrey news

Future signings: Surrey have signed Yorkshire pace bowler Liam Plunkett and Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark for the 2019 season.

Future departures: All-rounder Matthew Pillans has agreed a three-year deal with Yorkshire and will move at the end of the season.

Other news: Rory Burns has replaced Gareth Batty as captain in the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Jade Dernbach taking up the role in the T20 Blast. Batty became player-coach on 30 July. Fielding coach Chris Taylor is joining as a consultant from the ECB, strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness is arriving from Somerset while ex-player Vikram Solanki has replaced Stuart Barnes as assistant head coach. Former seamers Ryan Sidebottom and Alfonso Thomas have joined as bowling consultants.

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh had been due to be the club's overseas player in all formats but an ankle injury meant he was unable to play any part in the campaign. India captain Virat Kohli was due to join in June, but the move was called off after he suffered a neck injury.

SUSSEX

Overseas player: Ishant Sharma (India, 4 April - 4 June); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan, for Twenty20 until 16 August); Tom Bruce (New Zealand, for Twenty20)
InOut
noneSteve Magoffin (Worcestershire)
Chris Nash (Nottinghamshire)
Ross Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
Jerome Taylor (Somerset)
Full Sussex squad listLatest Sussex news

Other news: Coach Mark Davis left the club on 25 November and has been replaced by Jason Gillespie. Academy director Carl Hopkinson has left to become the ECB's lead fielding coach, and is replaced by ex-England assistant coach Richard Halsall. Meanwhile, Sussex assistant coach Jon Lewis will depart on 13 April to become England Under-19s coach. Ben Brown has been named club captain and will lead in the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Luke Wright as T20 captain.

WARWICKSHIRE

Overseas player: Jeetan Patel (New Zealand); Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand, for Twenty20)
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Will Rhodes (Yorkshire)William Porterfield (REL)
Daniel DouthwaiteAteeq Javid (Leicestershire)
Josh Poysden (Yorkshire, loan from 22-25 July & from 16 August for Championship, to become permanent at end of season)
Full Warwickshire squad listLatest Warwickshire news

Future signings: Gloucestershire seamers Liam Norwell and Craig Miles will join Warwickshire for the 2019 season.

Future departures: Ex-England batsman Jonathan Trott and all-rounder Grant Elliott will retire at the end of the season, while seamer Chris Wright will join Leicestershire on a two-year deal at the same time and spinner Poysden will make his loan move to Yorkshire permanent.

Other news: Patel has been appointed captain for the Championship and One-Day Cup, with Grant Elliott taking on the role for the Bears in the T20 Blast. Bowling coach Alan Richardson has left Edgbaston by mutual consent and has been replaced by Graeme Welch, who returns to the club from Leicestershire. Head of strength and conditioning Chris Armstrong has also departed.

WORCESTERSHIRE

Overseas player: Travis Head (Australia, until 29 May, then from 13-15 July); Callum Ferguson (Australia, for One-Day Cup from 29 May, then first three Twenty 20 games and from 3-17 August); Martin Guptill (New Zealand, for Twenty20, 20 June - 29 July); Wayne Parnell (South Africa, 19 July-15 September, then as a Kolpak signing from 17 September)
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Alex Milton (YTH)Jack Shantry (RET on 25 June)
Steve Magoffin (Sussex)Steve Magoffin (RET on 14 September)
Dillon Pennington (YTH)
Josh Dell (YTH)
Jack Haynes (YTH)
Mitchell Spencer
Zain Ul-Hassan (YTH)
Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire, month's loan from 3 July)
Andy Carter (ex-Northamptonshire)
Wayne Parnell (KPK)
Full Worcestershire squad listLatest Worcestershire news

Future signings: Ferguson will return as the county's main overseas player in 2019 and could play in all formats.

Future departures: Batsman Joe Clarke will join Nottinghamshire at the end of the season.

Other news: Worcestershire have appointed Kevin Sharp as their new head coach. The second XI/batting coach replaces director of cricket Steve Rhodes, who left the club following an internal investigation. Alan Richardson comes in as bowling coach to replace Australian Matt Mason, who has left for Leicestershire, while Alex Gidman has returned as 2nd XI coach. India's Ravichandran Ashwin had signed to play in their last two Championship matches but was ruled out by injury.

YORKSHIRE

Overseas player: Cheteshwar Pujara (India, April-June); Kane Williamson (New Zealand, 20 July - 1 September); Jeet Raval (New Zealand, for final four Championship games)
InOut
Cheteshwar Pujara (Nottinghamshire)Ryan Sidebottom (RET)
Jordan Thompson (YTH)Will Rhodes (Warwickshire)
Josh Poysden (Warwickshire, loan from 22-25 July & from 16 August for Championship, to become permanent at end of season)Shaun Marsh (Glamorgan)
Alex Lees (Durham, loan from 13 August to become permanent at end of season)
Kraigg Brathwaite (Nottinghamshire)
Full Yorkshire squad listLatest Yorkshire news

Future signings: Poysden will make his loan move permanent on a three-year deal at the end of the season, while Surrey all-rounder Matthew Pillans will join on a contract of the same length.

Future departures: Wicketkeeper Andy Hodd will retire at the end of the season. while pace bowler Liam Plunkett will join Surrey, batsman Lees will make his loan move to Durham permanent and Jack Brooks will join Somerset. Spinner Azeem Rafiq will be released.

Possible signings: Cricinfo reports that Derbyshire batsman Wayne Madsen is a target.

Possible departures: Spinner Adil Rashid, who is only contracted for limited-overs cricket this summer, had strongly hinted that he may leave Yorkshire at the end of the season because of their treatment of him. He has been linked with Worcestershire, while Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham also wants to sign Rashid, but Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon now says he is set to sign a new deal.

Other news: Fast bowler Billy Stanlake was due to join as an overseas player for Twenty20 cricket, but Cricket Australia cancelled the move. Steven Patterson replaced Gary Ballance as captain on 16 June.

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