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.
The county transfer market has been moving apace over the past few days with Essex, Yorkshire and Glamorgan in particular making several new signings in a bid to put a disappointing, and in some cases disastrous, 2011 season behind them. We round up that and the rest of the county news below in our regular close season County Cricket Round-Up feature.
After a disappointing 2011 season Essex have moved quickly ahead of the new season by signing Greg Smith from Derbyshire and extending the contracts of three current players: David Masters, Ben Foakes and Reece Topley.
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has held off stiff competition to win the FTI Most Valuable Player award following a string of impressive performances.
The Somerset captain is the first player in the county game to lift the award twice after also getting his hands on the title in 2009.
In spite of the 2011 season being barely finished and far from forgotten, the ECB have announced the draw for the 2012 Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.
The Netherlands, Scotland and Unicorns are allocated to group A, B and C respectively with the rest of the places decided by a free draw.
Stephen Moore takes the award after his final session heroics at Taunton helped Lancashire chase down the 211 they needed to take the title.
His 71 from only 55 balls followed his first innings 68 and was played under extreme pressure as, by that stage, Warwickshire had already shook hands on a draw at The Rose Bowl, meaning that Lancashire's seven-runs-an-over target was all that they needed to take county cricket's ultimate prize.
Surrey condemned Somerset to a fifth second place finish in a county competition in two years with a comfortable five wicket victory at Lord's in the final of the Clydesdale Bank 40. Somerset's day started well when they won the toss on a fairly flat, albeit worn, Lord's pitch, but soon went downhill from there as they slumped to 79 for five in the 18th over.