Northamptonshire County Cricket Club can confirm Adam Rossington has joined Essex on loan.

Rossington departs on a season-long agreement but will not be available for selection in matches against Northamptonshire in any competition.

“It’s disappointing Adam doesn’t see his future with Northamptonshire, but everyone at the Club truly wishes him well for the future and we thank him for his fantastic service over the past 8 years and as Captain most recently.” Chief Executive Ray Payne said.

“Adam did a brilliant job as Captain after taking over in difficult circumstances in 2019 and the Cricket Committee had Adam as a central part of our plans moving forward.

“Conversations around keeping him here had been ongoing since the end of last season so it’s a shame he won’t be with the squad as they take that place in Division One.”

Rossington has made 192 appearances for the club since joining in 2014 and led a remarkable run of results to secure the side’s promotion during the final game of the 2019 season.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my 8 years at Northamptonshire and was looking forward to leading the lads in Division One this season. I wasn’t expecting a change so I’m sad to be leaving, but the club will always hold a special place in my heart.” Rossington said.

“We’ve created some wonderful memories in that dressing room that I’ll take with me and I’d like to say thank you to my teammates and the supporters as well.”

Rossington requested time away from the squad after a change in the Club’s leadership group. The Cricket Committee were happy to support this and maintained a conversation throughout, but unfortunately could not come to an agreement.

Ricardo Vasconcelos has been named as the Club’s new Championship Captain and will lead the side in the opening game of the LV= Insurance County Championship against Gloucestershire on Thursday.