What’s going on in cricket? Well, right-handed bastman Mark Footitt will be spearheading Surrey’s return to Division One of the LV County Championship next season.
Footitt was the County Championship’s top wicket-taker during 2014, and the second top this summer.
“We are delighted to have signed a bowler of the quality of Mark,” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
Footitt had a year left on his contract, in Derbyshire, but the bosses have decided to let it go after he has accepted a compensation fee from Surrey.
Mark took 76 wickets for an average of 23.63 this summer in the County Championship’s Division Two, having finished the previous year as the country’s leading wicket-taker with 82 wickets.
Footitt, who was included in the English squad for the Ashes series but did not make it onto the field, explained: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to play first division cricket at at Test ground for a club with a great tradition.”
Footitt was under contract with Derbyshire until the end of 2016, but rejected the offer of a new contract.
Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey said, “As soon as a player suggests he wants to look at options elsewhere, we felt it was something we should let him do.”
His arrival should also get support from Tom Curran, whose 76 wickets proved to be a huge factor in Surrey’s promotion, particularly as many of his fellow fast players were excluded due to injuries, and also means the side will not be too dependent on the availability of the 17-year-old Sam Curran, who has A-levels to take next summer.
Footitt began his career in his native Nottinghamshire, before moving to Derbyshire, where he has thrived under the guidance of coach Graeme Welch.