Gloucestershire fast bowler Steve Kirby is to leave the club at the end of the season after the club agreed to release him from the final two years of his contract.
Ex-Yorkshire man Kirby, 32, has ambitions to play for England and for that to happen, he believes he needs to be playing Division One County Championship cricket.
“This decision has not been an easy one, especially given the fact that I had been awarded a benefit next year but I am very ambitious and still have the desire and hunger to win things and to achieve my dream of one day playing for England," he told Gloucestershire's website (www.gloscricket.co.uk).
"I don't want to finish my career with any regrets and wonder what might have been. I definitely have unfinished business and there are many things I still want to achieve in this game. I am really excited about this next challenge in my career wherever it may take me.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gloucestershire for their support in this decision and would like to thank the people at the club who have helped me and made me feel so welcome in my time here. I wish everybody at the club the very best of success for the future."
Kirby moved to Gloucestershire in 2005, and has since taken 264 first-class wickets at 28.18 - that in addition to 182 wickets at 28.25 for Yorkshire between 2001 and 2004.
He has also made a series of appearances for the England Lions (formerly England A) between 2004 and 2010 and took seven for 50 on his first-class debut, for Yorkshire against Kent in 2001.
This season, he has taken 59 wickets in all competitions for Gloucestershire including 29 at 28.79 in the Championship Division Two, from which Gloucestershire could still earn promotion provided results go their way in the final two rounds of fixtures this month.
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