Lancashire spinner Gary Keedy has ended his 18-year spell with the Red Rose county after joining Surrey.
The left-arm bowler agreed a two-year deal with the Oval outfit, having found first-team opportunities at Old Trafford limited due to Simon Kerrigan’s good form.
Keedy, who said working with Kerrigan and Stephen Parry over the last few years had been very rewarding, described his time with Lancashire as ‘fantastic’.
“Winning the County Championship in 2011 was an incredible moment for both the club and myself and one that will stay with me forever,” said Keedy.
“However, I have reached the time in my career when I need to move on in order to fulfill my ambitions and I am very excited to be joining Surrey at this time.”
Keedy has taken more than 800 wickets in his long tenure with Lancs and the club’s cricket director Mike Watkinson thanked him for his service to the club.
“With Gary being at the latter end of his playing career he wants the opportunity of playing as much cricket as possible,” said Watkinson.
“He asked our permission to look at other options and he goes with our best wishes.”
The experienced spinner will complement a Surrey side already boasting the quality of Gareth Batty and 20-year-old Zafer Ansari.
Surrey team director Chris Adams hopes Keedy’s experience will benefit their younger players.
He said: “Gary Keedy has been one of the leading bowlers in county cricket for over a decade and I am delighted he will be joining us for the next two seasons.
“As well as his fantastic ability with the ball, he will play a valuable role in the dressing room throughout the year – helping to impart his experience to the younger members of our squad.”