Somerset captain Justin Langer has confirmed that he will not be returning to the club in 2010, bringing to an end a successful association with the club that stretches back to 2006.
He has captained the county since 2007, leading the side back into the top divisions of the LV County Championship and the NatWest Pro40, to this year's Twenty20 Cup Finals Day and the Champions League Twenty20.
"I am very proud of what we have achieved as a team over the last few years," Langer commented.
"We have proved that organisation, teamwork, talent, vision and discipline are the most important factors when competing on the field.
"My family and I have greatly enjoyed our time in Somerset, where we have been made to feel incredibly welcome. While it is tough to let go of my playing ties with Somerset, I feel the time is now right for me to move on to the next phase in my career.
“I have not yet decided where or what that might be and I will take some time out to decide which route I wish to take, either within cricket or in following my other life pursuits."
Somerset Chief Executive Richard Gould praised Langer for the contribution he has made to the club over the last four years since joining as a temporary overseas player in 2006, when he scored 342 against Surrey.
"JL's contribution as a player and captain will mark him down in club history as one of our most outstanding performers. His direction and determination has allowed the club to reinvent itself as one of the top performing clubs in English cricket.
“His personal example has allowed many of our younger players to blossom and his legacy will evident for years to come."
Director of Cricket Brian Rose added:
“I have been privileged over the years to have been involved with many great overseas players at Somerset, including Viv Richards, Greg Chappell and Sunil Gavaskar.
"JL is right up there with them in terms of the progression he has achieved for the club in the last three years."
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