Essex CCC have revealed that Jason Gallian is to retire from first-class cricket and that they will not be renewing the contracts of James Middlebrook or Jahid Ahmed as they begin preparations for the 2010 season.
Gallian ends a 19-year career with Lancashire, Nottinghamshire and Essex which also saw him represent Australia at youth level and England in three Test matches.
“I have spent 19 years playing professional cricket which I have thoroughly enjoyed and had a great experience and several challenges along the way," Gallian told www.essexcricket.org.uk.
"My last challenge has been at Essex, and the highlight in 2008 was being involved in the winning of two trophies. However, all good things come to an end. Essex has a lot of young players coming through and it is their time now to perform. I am pleased to have finished my playing career at a club as good as Essex."
Former Yorkshire player Middlebrook joined Essex in 2002, playing in 120 matches for Essex but the decision while Ahmed joined in 2005.
Head Coach Paul Grayson added:
“James has served Essex really well in the last 8 years. We have reflected long and hard on the balance of our squad going forward, and feel that James’ opportunities will become progressively limited. He clearly has a lot to offer the game and we will support him in every way in finding him a new challenge elsewhere.
“Jahid is a young prospect, although he has been unable to force his way into the first XI squad and he currently sits down the bowling pecking order here at Essex. We owe it to Jahid to allow him a chance with another County. Both Jahid and James still have a future in the game and we of course wish them all the best.”
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