Derbyshire have signed Somerset fast bowler Mark Turner on a two-year contract, the bowler moving north for the 2011 season as he bids to play more first-class cricket.
Turner, 25, signed for Somerset in 2007 from Durham and although he has featured regularly in limited overs cricket, he has been unable to hold down a regular place in Championship cricket, and that was behind his decision to reject a new deal offered by Somerst and move to Derbyshire.
“I have played quite a bit of one day cricket with Somerset and I’ve done quite well,” he said.
"But I haven’t managed to establish myself in the four day game and that is what I’m trying to achieve.
“Derbyshire showed an interest in me and after speaking to John Morris I knew the move was the right thing to do.
“The opportunity to play in all forms of cricket is something I can’t turn down at this stage of my career. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Turner is a former England Under-19s international and a former team-mate of Derbyshire's Wes Durston and Steffan Jones at Somerset as well as Ian Hunter and Garry Park at Durham.
“The plan is to get to Derbyshire and work really hard to push for a place,” Turner said.
“My new club are getting somebody who can bowl with a bit of pace and somebody who runs in and tries his hardest with every ball he bowls.”
Derbyshire Head of Cricket John Morris added: “Mark is a talented cricketer with his best years ahead of him and I am delighted to add him to our squad ahead of the 2011 season.
“That fact that he has been prepared to make this move in search of first team cricket demonstrates that Mark is an ambitious cricketer who is striving to better himself. That is just the kind of player we want to bring to Derbyshire.”
Turner made 59 appearances in all competitions for Somerset.
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