Following the high-profile defection of Joe Denly to Middlesex and Leicestershire's predicted loss of James Taylor to either Nottinghamshire or Warwickshire, we examine whether more needs to be done to reward counties who produce talented young players.
Kent have been busy restocking their playing reserves and have signed three players on their first professional contracts, as well as renewing the deals of two existing players.
Academy graduate Fabian Cowdrey, grandson of the legendary Colin Cowdrey and uncle of Graham and son of Chris, has continued the family tradition and fought off the overtures of Surrey to sign a contract of undisclosed length with the club. Fellow Academy graduates Ivan Thomas and Benedict Kemp, both right-arm seam bowlers have also agreed deals.
Durham have announced that they have extended the contracts of Graham Onions and Ruel Brathwaite to the end of the 2015 and 2013 seasons respectively.
Onions took 50 wickets at 27 apiece in first-class cricket last season after returning from a career-threatening injury and said of his new contract, "After missing last season due to injury I am delighted with the way this season has gone. I have had an amazing amount of support from my team mates and the backroom staff at Durham."
Leicestershire have moved quickly during the past week to rectify the woes of the previous season by offering new deals to a clutch of players, as well as signing Martin van Jaarsveld from Kent, as their 2012 squad begins to take shape.
Besides the marquee signing of van Jaarsveld, the Foxes have secured the services of all-rounder Abdul Razzaq for the defence of their Friends Life t20 title, and are believed to be in the market for another quality batsman.
David Wainwright has joined Derbyshire on a two-year contract after activating a release clause in his Yorkshire contract earlier this month. He was originally meant to join Derbyshire on loan during the 2011 season but was recalled by Yorkshire before he could make his Falcons debut.
Derbyshire have announced their Academy intake for the 2011 winter and 2012 summer seasons. It includes nine players from the previous year's intake, the most notable being that of England Under-19 international Peter Burgoyne.
The eleven players will spend the winter working on their skills and fitness, according to a statement on the club's website, before spending the summer playing cricket under the Derbyshire County Cricket Club banner.
Essex have confirmed that they will not be returning to play first-class or List A cricket at Southend next year following a meeting of their General Committee. The matches at Colchester will continue as planned.
A statement from the club announcing the decision said, "The Committee considered very robust and persuasive arguments in favour of continuing, but decided on balance that in the interest of its Members, the Club would be better served by staging the matches at Chelmsford next year."
Kent have been rocked by the news that senior players Martin van Jaarsveld and Joe Denly have left the club, while head coach Paul Farbrace has also announced his resignation.
Van Jaarsveld had been linked with several counties during the course of the summer as he became increasingly vocal in his criticism of the St Lawrence pitches and resigned as the club's vice-captain. The 37 year-old South African, who is qualified for England, has signed a two-year contract with Leicestershire that includes the option of a third year.
Derbyshire have confirmed that Dan Redfern has signed a new contract that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2014 season. He joins a growing list of young players that have been offered three year deals with the county, as new head coach Karl Krikken, in conjunction with chairman Chris Grant, look to build a solid base for future success and put behind them many years of underachievement.
Yorkshire have either signed or extended the contacts of nine players under the age of 22 in the past couple of days as they look to continue their policy of fielding young home-grown players. Three current professionals have been released.