23-year-old former Nottinghamshire pace bowler Mark Footitt has signed for Derbyshire, the left-armer having been released by Nottinghamshire in August.
He played nine first-class matches for Nottinghamshire and he played for England Under-19s in 2005 and his first-class best came in 2006 when he returned five for 45 for Nottinghamshire against the touring West Indians.
“This is a great opportunity for me to establish myself as a first-class cricketer and the first job is to work hard during the winter and through pre-season to earn a first team place," Footitt said.
“I am stepping into a new and exciting challenge and I am now determined to prove myself at my new club. Hopefully that challenge can bring out the best in me.
Head of Cricket John Morris added: “Mark is the right age of cricketer for us and – although he has not played a lot of first-class cricket – he has been around a county cricket environment for some time and is, therefore, an experienced cricketer.
“Having already served what I refer to as a cricketing apprenticeship at Nottinghamshire – now he has the opportunity to join Derbyshire and show us what he is about.”
Footitt follows Durham wicket-keeper Lee Goddard into Derbyshire during the close season while the club has given new contracts to Chris Rogers, Steffan Jones, John Sadler, Tim Groenewald, Ian Hunter and Tim Lungley.
Wavell Hinds and Mark Lawson have been allowed to leave, however.
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