Thursday 11 September 2008 

Brown And Klusener Leaving Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire CCC have confirmed that off-spinner Jason Brown and all-rounder Lance Klusener will be leaving the club at the end of the season after the management decided not to offer them new contracts.

Brown, 34, has been at the club since 1996, notably taking 66 wickets at 23.71 in the 2003 County Championship while former South African international Klusener joined the club in 2006 and recently scored his maiden double century while captaining the side against Glamorgan.

Chief Executive Mark Tagg said, "This was a difficult decision for the Club to make given Jason’s commitment and dedication to the club over many years. However, it was felt that this was the right time for both parties and gives Jason an opportunity of potentially continuing his career elsewhere while enabling younger players to develop at Northants.

"Jason is a popular member of the squad culminating with his being awarded a benefit this year. Everyone connected with the Club will want to thank Jason for his efforts since 1996 and will wish him good luck for the future."

"Lance has had another excellent Championship season for Northants and no one can doubt his determination and application for the team. The club however has to look forward to the future and with the game going through significant changes over the next couple of years it is important that Northants is positioned to play a full role both developing talent for the county and hopefully full international duty.

"Northants have consistently stated its desire to increase the number of England qualified players beyond this season and especially provide real opportunity for the talent that the Northants Academy is producing."

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