Overseas signing Wayne Parnell has looked back fondly on his time with Northamptonshire after returning to South Africa earlier this week.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, on and off the field it’s been really fun. It’s absolutely flown by too, I can’t believe I’m on my way back home.” Parnell said.

“They’re a great bunch of lads and a great club that have looked after me really well. It’s been a really good season all round.”

Parnell made 22 appearances for the club across all formats, with his contract finishing at the end of the Royal London Cup.

“It’s been such a weird season, playing the first part of the season with no fans and most things being shut around the town. But when things opened up and the fans came back in again, that was a massive highlight for me.

“That was probably the nicest thing for me, seeing the fans come back into the ground and being able to play in front of them.”

Head Coach David Ripley has praised Parnell’s impact on the squad, particularly is work with Northamptonshire’s rising younger talent.

“He was a really good team guy and it was really good to have him around, he brought a lot to the dressing room.” Ripley said.

“We really enjoyed what he brought to the younger players, often talking cricket to them about field placings and about their own game.”

“On the field when he was hot, he was real hot. Obviously his wickets at Headingley were fantastic, he bowled some brilliant death and power play overs for us in the T20 too.”

“It’s been a very weird time obviously, missing the birth of my daughter, but I’m really looking forward to going home and reconnecting with my family, spending some time with them.”

“Back home I’m going to meet my daughter for the first time, she’ll be about six or seven weeks old.”

After months away from home the South African is looking forward to some family time, with a new addition waiting for him too.